Cavs win tiebreaker with Suns, have second best draft odds

The Cavaliers are guaranteed to pick in the top six

James Rapien
April 12, 2019 - 5:19 pm
Jun 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks before the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Luck was on the Cavaliers' side on Friday. They won a tiebreaker with the Phoenix Suns that gives them the second-best odds in the NBA Draft Lottery. 

Both teams finished with identical 19-63 records. The tiebreaker doesn't impact the Cavs' chances at getting the top overall pick – 14 percent, but it guarantees them a top-six pick. 

If Cleveland would've lost the random drawing, they would've had a 7.1 percent chance of obtaining the seventh overall pick, which would've been a disaster. Only the New York Knicks have better odds of securing one of the top picks since they finished with the NBA's worst record. 

The Cavaliers did lose a tiebreaker later in the drawing. They pick they acquired from Houston prior to the trade deadline falls from No. 25 to No. 26 overall. 

Here are the Cavs' odds in the NBA Draft Lottery, which takes place on May 14:

First Pick – 14 percent 

Second Pick – 13.4 percent

Third Pick – 12.7 percent 

Fourth Pick – 11.9 percent

Fifth Pick – 27.8 percent

Sixth Pick – 20.1 percent

Go here for a complete breakdown of the lottery odds.