Wizards hold solid odds as they enter 2019 NBA Draft lottery

Chase Hughes
NBC Sports Washington

Wizards hold solid odds as they enter 2019 NBA Draft lottery originally appeared on nbcsportswashington.com

The Washington Wizards will hope for some luck on Tuesday night as they return to the draft lottery for the first time in six years. They can pick anywhere between one through four and six through 10. 

Here is what you need to know...

When: Tue. May 14 at 8:30 p.m.

Where: Chicago, Ill.

TV: ESPN

Stream: Stream "Wizards On the Clock" beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington and the MyTeams App from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m for a broad range of live Wizards coverage from experts at various sites including Chris Miles, Wes Hall, Jimmy Patsos, Nick Ashooh, and Ben Standig.    

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Wizards draft lottery odds:

1st - 9.0%

2nd - 9.2%

3rd - 9.4%

4th - 9.6%

5th - 0.0%

6th - 8.6%

7th - 29.6%

8th - 20.6%

9th - 3.8%

10th - 0.2%

Facts to know:

*Nine is a key number because that is the Wizards' chance to land Zion Williamson with the No. 1 pick, but the most important number may be 37.2. That is the percentage chance they move up into the top four. Any jump into the top four would qualify as a win for Washington.

*The Wizards haven't been in the draft lottery since 2013 when they landed the third overall pick and took Otto Porter Jr. from Georgetown.

*The Wizards won the lottery nine years ago, in 2010, and took John Wall first overall from Kentucky. They also won the lottery nine years before that, in 2001, when they drafted Kwame Brown out of high school. 

*The Wizards had a 10.3 percent chance to get No. 1 in 2010. They had only 4.8 percent odds for the No. 3 pick in 2013 when they got Porter.

*Washington will be represented by Monumental Sports executive Raul Fernandez. Interim president Tommy Sheppard will be in attendance as well as head coach Scott Brooks.

Full lottery odds for No. 1 pick:

1. Knicks - 14%

2. Cavs - 14%

3. Suns - 14%

4. Bulls - 12.5%

5. Hawks - 10.5%

6. Wizards - 9.0%

7. Pelicans - 6.0%

8. Grizzlies - 6.0%

9. Mavericks - 6.0%

10. Timberwolves - 3.0%

11. Lakers - 2.0%

12. Hornets - 1.0%

13. Heat - 1.0%

14. Kings - 1.0%

Top prospects:

1. Zion Williamson, Duke, PF

2. Ja Morant, Murray State, PG

3. R.J. Barrett, Duke, SF

4. De'Andre Hunter, Virginia, SF

5. Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech, SG

What to root for:

There are essentially three scenarios for the Wizards on Tuesday night. The No. 1 pick is its own category because Williamson is the clear-cut prize of this draft. Landing the top selection would be a major moment in franchise history.

The second scenario is landing either the second, third or fourth pick. That would still be a boon for the franchise, as they would draft someone who could change their future significantly and contribute right away.

The third scenario is landing somewhere between six and 10. If that happens, the Wizards could still find a very good player, but they should probably consider trading back to acquire more picks. They only have one selection this June and don't own a second round pick until 2023.

Basically, the Wizards are in good shape entering Tuesday night, but anything in the top four is reason to celebrate.

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