What happens in a tie? Tie lottery teams split their draft lottery chances evenly. For example, if Houston and Oklahoma City are tied for #3 or third-worst record, the combined odds would be split between #3 and #4 down the middle. Consider it 3.5.
However, a random coin toss would also take place to determine which team moves higher in scenarios where neither team is a lottery winner. Head-to-head results between equal teams will not be considered.
What happens when Brooklyn goes into a deep playoff run from a low seed? It’s a valid question given part of Brooklyn’s underwhelming season has come from widespread injuries and Kyrie Irving is only a part-time player due to New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine order. It’s possible that some or all of these problems will be resolved by the playoffs, making the Nets more dangerous than their record suggests.
However, unlike in the NFL, results in the playoffs cannot change a team’s draft spot in the NBA. Even if the Nets somehow won the NBA championship from the No. 8 seed, their draft pick (heading to Houston) would be based solely on their regular-season record.