Draft Pick Tracker – March 20th, 2017

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Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 07:57 AM

Welcome back to your daily Sixers draft pick tracker.

We’ll start off with a table at the top summarizing the status of the three picks, then we’ll list out last night’s games and whether their results were good or bad for the Sixers draft pick positioning, and follow that up with tonight’s games and who you should root for. Finally, we’ll have some tables at the bottom providing some additional details on the various draft picks, including odds that the Lakers pick conveys at each position.

(In parenthesis will be whether the outcome is good or bad for that pick, if it happened last night, and who to cheer for if the game takes place tonight). 

2017 Draft Pick Tracker – Summary

Pick Place GB (from 2nd) Games Left Notes
Lakers 2nd 12 44.2% chance at conveying
Sixers 5th 6.5 13 88 lottery combinations
Kings 6th 7.0 12 63 lottery combinations

Friday’s results:

  • Milwaukee beat LAL (bad): The Lakers will have the 2nd worst record. I’m about to stop even tracking it.
  • Miami beat Minnesota (bad): Minnesota is still only a win up over Sacramento at this point.
  • New Orleans beat Houston (good): New Orleans’ weekend has them 2 wins up on Sacramento, which helps separate them from what was a three-team tie for the 6th worst record at one point.
  • Sixers beat Dallas (bad): Sixers win, but remain with the 5th worst record.
  • Orlando beat Phoenix (good): Orlando’s win keeps them close (1 win behind) the Sixers despite a two game winning streak from Philly.

Saturday’s results:

  • Charlotte beat Washington (good): Charlotte’s victory has them (and Dallas) 3 wins up on Sacramento, which should be safe with only 12 left to play.
  • OKC beat Sacramento (good): Sacramento snaps a two game winning streak.

Sundays games:

  • Dallas beat Brooklyn (good): Dallas is now 3 wins up on the Kings, which should be too much to overcome.
  • Detroit beat Phoenix (good):  Phoenix has lost 4 in a row to remain just 2 wins up on the Lakers, but time is running out and the Lakers have no incentive to try.
  • Cleveland beat LAL (bad): LA has now lost 5 in a row and is 1-9 in their last 10.
  • New Orleans beat Minnesota (good): This was a good/good result, as the winner of this game improved to 29 wins, 2 more than Sacramento. With the way Minnesota’s been playing of late, or at least prior to this weekend, they should be able to finish with a better record than the Kings.
  • Philadelphia beat Boston (bad): What? Great game to watch, and the Sixers are still slotted in with the 5th worst record.
  • San Antonio beat Sacramento (good): Sacramento’s 2 game losing streak has them alone with the 6th worst record, a half game behind the Knicks.

Tonight’s games:



  • Atlanta @ Charlotte (go Charlotte): Charlotte’s 3 wins up on the Kings and this shouldn’t matter, but another game wouldn’t hurt.
  • NYK @ LAC (go Knicks): The Knicks are a team to keep your eye on, as they’re tied with the Kings at 27 wins and are just 3-7 in their last 10. The Clips have lost 3 of their last 4, but even so this would be surprising if the Knicks can pull this out.
  • Sixers @ Orlando (go Magic): This is a huge game. You hate to root against the Sixers considering how well they’ve been playing of late, but a loss would tie Orlando in the win column with 12 left to play. Orlando jumping the Sixers would improve the Sixers’ odds at the #1 pick by 3.1% and at a top-3 pick by 7.3%.

Current combined odds for Sixers/Kings pick swap:

  • #1 pick: 15.1% (+2.7% change since Friday morning)
  • Top-3 pick: 46.5% (+7% change since Friday morning)
  • Two top-5 picks: 30.9% (+3.6% change since Friday morning)

Lakers Pick (currently 2nd):

Lakers draft pick – Current Status:

Team Place Record GB (from LAL) Games Left Last 10
Nets 1st 13-56 -6.5 13 3-7
Lakers 2nd 20-50 12 1-9
Suns 3rd 22-48 +2.0 12 4-6
Magic 4th 25-45 +5.0 12 3-7

(Where the Lakers currently are in the standings)

Lakers Draft Pick Matrix:

Finishes 1-3 pick 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Worst record 64.3% 35.7% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
2nd worst 55.8% 31.9% 12.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
3rd 46.9% 22.6% 26.5% 4.0% 0.0% 0.0%
4th 37.8% 9.9% 35.0% 16.1% 1.3% 0.0%
5th 29.1% 0.0% 26.1% 35.9% 8.4% 0.4%

What odds the Lakers have of getting each pick (columns) depending on where they finish in the standings (rows). In red means the Sixers would not get the pick. The row in bold is where the Lakers are if the season finished today. All odds assume no ties in the final standings).

Sixers/Kings Pick (currently 5th/6th):

Team Place Record GB (Sixers) Games Left Last 10 Lotto combinations
Magic 4th 25-45 +1.5 12 3-7 119
Sixers 5th 26-43 13 4-6 88
Kings 6th 27-43 +0.5 12 2-8 63
Knicks 7th 27-42 +1.0 13 3-7 43
Wolves 8th 28-41 +2.0 13 5-5 28
Pelicans 9th 29-41 +2.5 12 6-4 17
Hornets t10th 30-39 +4.0 13 5-5 11

(How the Sixers and Kings fit into the standings. Lottery ball combinations based on if the season ended today.)

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Derek Bodner

Derek Bodner covers the NBA draft for USA Today and DraftExpress.com. He was previously the 76ers Insider for Philadelphia magazine. Contact Information: derek.bodner@draftexpress.com / @DerekBodnerNBA

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  • scurrypsu

    Thanks Derek! Like pretty much all Sixers games lately, I start off wanting them to lose but rooting for them to win at the end. A confusing dichotomy every game.