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Draft lottery tiebreakers set for the Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Cavs gained some clarity about where they’ll be picking on draft night.

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The order for picks 15 through 60 have been set as of Friday afternoon and the two tiebreakers for the Cleveland Cavaliers have been settled.

The Cavs own two first round picks in the 2019 NBA Draft. Their own, and the first round pick of the Houston Rockets. Both picks entered Friday tied with the Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers respectively. To settle those ties, the NBA brought out the ping pong ball machine to establish the draft order.

First up was the Rockets and Blazers tiebreaker to establish who picks 25th and 26th in the draft. Unfortunately this one did not work out for the Cavs as Portland won the tiebreaker giving Cleveland the 26th pick in the draft.

But things worked out much better for the Cavs own pick, as they have officially slotted into second position in the draft. New York, Cleveland and Phoenix all have identical odds to land a pick in the top four, and around a 48% percent chance to fall out of the top-four. But in the event of four teams jumping the Cavs and Suns, Cleveland would pick at worst sixth while the Suns have a 7% chance to fall to seven.

This is widely considered to be a top-heavy draft, so falling out of the top four might be tough to swallow regardless of how far you fall. But the top-six guarantee does help the Cavs have a better shot at one of the top prospects in the draft should they fall out of the top four.

If you’d like a better feel for the randomness of lottery, you can give the Tankathon Mock Draft simulator a spin. While being in the second best position for the lottery would have meant way more under the old system, this is still essentially the best possible outcome for the Cavs own pick. The rest is up to luck.