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LOS ANGELES — The Pacers and Pistons had already lost when the Thunder and Clippers showed up at Crypto.com Arena Sunday night, leaving only two scenarios in the upside-down rankings.
If the Thunder beat the Clippers in the season finale, OKC and Indiana would finish fourth with a tie. If the Thunder lost to the Clippers, OKC would finish fourth alone.
Had the Thunder won Sunday, a coin toss would have decided whether OKC or Indiana would have received the fourth or fifth-best odds of winning the NBA draft lottery.
After a 138-88 loss to the Clippers, the Thunder hold fourth-best odds – meaning OKC has a 12.5% chance of picking the No. 1 spot. The bottom three teams have a 14% chance of picking number 1.
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The Thunder has a 12.2% chance of landing the #2 pick, a 11.9% chance of landing the #3 pick, a 11.5% chance of landing the #4 pick, a 11.5% chance of landing the #4 pick 7.2% on the #5 pick, a 25.7% chance on the #6, a 16.7% chance on the #7, and a 2.2% chance on the #8.
The Thunder cannot fall below eighth place in lottery night taking place in Chicago on Tuesday, May 17th.
The Clippers, who owe their first-round selection to the Thunder, meet the Timberwolves in Tuesday night’s play-in tournament. The winner receives number 7 and plays Grizzlies number 2 in the first round. The loser plays the winner of the second play-in game between New Orleans and San Antonio.
OKC will also pick 30th place over the Suns, who finish with the best record (64-18) in the NBA.
The NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, June 23rd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
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COMBINE: 16-22 May in Chicago
LOTTERY: May 17 in Chicago
DESIGN: June 23 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
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