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Friday, April 18, 2014
Celtics lose tiebreaker with Jazz

By Chris Forsberg

The Boston Celtics lost a random drawing with the Utah Jazz on Friday afternoon that will diminish the C's chances at a higher draft position.

Now that the Celtics have lost the drawing, they will have 103 pingpong ball combinations (out of 1,000) at May's draft lottery, giving the team a 10.3 percent chance at the top overall pick and a 33.4 percent chance at a top-three pick. The real disadvantage is that Utah owns a tiebreaker over the Celtics and would select before Boston in the event that neither team leaps into the top three spots. The Celtics can pick no lower than eighth overall.

The Celtics and Jazz finished with matching 25-57 records, tied for the fourth-worst mark in the NBA. Ties in the lottery are broken by a random drawing.

Brooklyn and Washington finished with matching 44-38 records, and ties for non-lottery teams are broken by coin flip. By virtue of Brooklyn winning the flip, the Celtics will choose 17th overall with one of three future first-round picks acquired from the Nets in last summer's blockbuster trade.

Celtics assistant general manager Mike Zarren detailed the team's percentage at each pick on Celtics.com:

Pick 1: 10.3 percent
Pick 2: 11.1 percent
Pick 3: 12.0 percent
Pick 4: 0 percent
Pick 5: 23.7 percent
Pick 6: 34.2 percent
Pick 7: 8.2 percent
Pick 8: 0.3 percent