Tie-breakers set order, lottery odds in NBA Draft

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Apr 20 2014 05:50 PM | Updated as of Apr 21 2014 01:50 AM

NEW YORK - Defending champion Miami lost a couple of places in the NBA Draft selection order while Utah gained slightly better odds at the top pick after tie-breaker drawings were made Friday.

Random drawings were used to break ties between teams which finished the regular season with identical records to determine a final order for the June 26 NBA Draft and odds in the May 20 NBA Draft Lottery.

Utah won a tie-breaker with Boston among teams at 25-57 for the fourth pick in the draft and gained one extra chance at moving up into a top-three pick in the lottery.

Miami lost tie-breakers to both Portland and Houston among teams that went 54-28, leaving Miami at 26th in the first round, one spot behind Houston, and Portland's pick, which has been traded to Charlotte, in the 24th spot.

Brooklyn won a tie-break over Washington for the 17th spot in the draft order and Chicago downed Toronto for the 19th postition.

The Milwaukee Bucks, sold Wednesday for $550 million after a league-worst 15-67 campaign, have the best chance at the top pick in next month's lottery, followed in order by Philadelphia, Orlando, Utah, Boston and the Los Angeles Lakers.

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