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Nuggets hoping for a lot of luck at National Basketball Association draft lottery

15 May 2018, 06:14 | Joan Schultz

2018 NBA Draft order: Where will your favorite team pick?

With NBA lottery approaching, what are odds of Celtics jumping back into top 3?

How does the Draft Lottery work? A daughter's Lego figure.

On Tuesday, the top three picks in this year's draft will be determined via the lottery system. We've tried everything in the past: lucky coins, four-leaf clovers, rabbit's feet, Lucky Charms cereal.

Williams, of course, spoke tongue-in-cheek as he talked about the value of good-luck charms. The remaining lottery teams will be slotted from Nos.

Phoenix has the best odds of landing the No. 1 pick (25 percent) after posting a league-worst 21-61 record last season.

I think Cleveland is really interesting ... they have had great fortune in the lottery. they always expect to move way up, I think they're at a 2% chance, with them it always feels like 22% because they'd moved up ... Arizona big man DeAndre Ayton, Slovenian shooting guard Luka Doncic, Duke power forward Marvin Bagley III and Michigan State center Jaren Jackson Jr. are all projected as potential franchise-changers.

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It seems nearly unfathomable, but the Boston Celtics have a shot at a top-three NBA Draft pick for third consecutive season. (And some people know the results, this isn't a Schrodinger's lottery ball situation.) But while Dan Gilbert's kid remains the gold standard (back-to-back wins, although one was Anthony Bennett) the Orlando Magic are a strong contender this year, especially if you're a 90s kid.

O'Neal, Hardaway and Howard became cornerstone players. So far, only Oladipo has developed into an All-Star, but Oladipo reached All-Star status as a member of the Indiana Pacers.

Williams will sit in the room where the pingpong balls are drawn.

Put another way, if C's don't secure the Lakers' 2018 pick, they'll have at least an 86 percent chance of acquiring the Kings' 2019 pick.

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