Since the lottery odds have been flattened as part of a reformatted system put in place three years ago, two teams have jumped ahead of the team owning the best odds to land the No. 1 pick in the draft. So we’ll have to wait and find out what happens at Tuesday’s annual NBA Draft Lottery at 8:30 p.m. ET.
The Rockets have 14 percent odds of winning the rights to draft No. 1 overall, the same as the Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic. The flattened odds are part of a reformatted, flattened lottery system in place for the third consecutive season, replacing the old system in which 25 percent odds were given to the team with the worst record. It’s still relatively low, considering the chances the top three worst-record teams each has 14 percent odds, accounting for 42 percent of the total odds to win the No. 1 slot.