The tank is on.
Who is winning the crowded race for lottery pingpong balls, and who needs to try harder? Where will traded picks land for the Cavaliers, 76ers and Celtics?
Every week we’ll guide you through the ugly basketball on the way to NBA draft hope.
The Cavaliers will receive the Nets’ pick unprotected
The Lakers’ pick will go to the 76ers if it lands at No. 1 or Nos. 6 to 30; the Celtics get the pick at Nos. 2 to 5
The Clippers will receive the Pistons’ pick if it is outside the top four
The Suns will receive the Heat’s pick if its outside the top seven
The Bulls will receive the Pelicans’ pick if it is outside the top five
Projecting the traded picks
Key: Convey = percentage chance the pick conveys this season; No. 1/Best = likelihood it lands at No. 1 or highest pick possible given protections; SOS = strength of schedule remaining for team that owes the pick.
Adding and losing pingpong balls
Worst records over past 10 games
Best records over past 10 games (among unlikely playoff teams)
Tankathon matchups to watch
Cover your eyes … things could get ugly here.
Monday | CHI at BKN
Tuesday | BKN at CLE
Wednesday | PHX at MEM
BPI favorite: Nets (73.7 percent)
Matchup quality: 19.5*
Why it matters: The Suns have the most losses right now, but the Mavs and Hawks are one game out and the Grizzlies are just three away.
Thursday | BKN at SAC
Friday | DAL at CHI
Saturday | MEM at ORL
Sunday | PHX at ATL
Sunday | NYK at SAC
BPI favorite: Knicks (57.1 percent)
Matchup quality: 40.8
Why it matters: The Knicks have six fewer losses than the NBA-worst Suns, while the Kings are just two losses out.
* Measures the quality of the two teams and the projected margin of victory; rated from 0 to 100.
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