The Knicks create more than enough problems for themselves.
They’re getting bad luck, too.
New York lost a pre-lottery tiebreaker to Minnesota today. If neither the Knicks nor Timberwolves move into the top three in the lottery, Minnesota will pick one spot ahead of New York – 6-7, 7-8, 8-9 or 9-10
Tied for the NBA’s sixth-worst record, the Timberwolves and Knicks will split 106 of 1,000 lottery combinations, 53 apiece. The two teams each have an 18.3% chance of moving up in the lottery, which determines the top three picks then slots non-playoff teams in reverse order of record after that.
The league also broke ties for four sets of picks later in the first round, including one four-team tie:
15. Trail Blazers
20. Trail Blazers (via Grizzlies)
23. Raptors (via Clippers)
25. Magic (via Raptors)
26. Trail Blazers (via Cavaliers)