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2021 NBA Draft lottery winners and losers: Pistons fired up to win No. 1; Timberwolves lose only pick

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The Magic fell out of the top-three altogether and while Chicago’s pick conveyed to them, giving them pick No. 8 in addition to pick No. 5, the missed chance at landing one of the top-four in this draft will leave a mark.

How do you think that makes Thunder fans feel, by the way? OKC had a very real chance at coming away with two top-five picks if Houston’s pick fell to No. 5 and its own pick landed in the top four. The bright side when you look at the big picture here is that Orlando has the No. 5 pick and also the No. 8 pick, the latter of which conveyed to them via Chicago as part of the Nikola Vucevic trade.

Loser: OKC hits the bad-luck lottery

Oklahoma City had a 52.5% chance of its own pick landing in the top-five and a 47.9% chance of Houston’s pick falling to No. 5 and conveying its direction.

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