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The 2015 NBA Draft Lottery is tonight before Game 1 between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors. The rebuilding effort for teams that did not make the playoffs this year also starts tonight. Fans of the Timberwolves, Knicks, 76er’s and Lakers will be especially interested in tonight’s lottery since one of them is almost guaranteed to walk away with the number pick in this years NBA Draft on June 25th.

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This years sweepstakes appears to be for Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor, depending on who you ask. Other lottery pick candidates are Willie Cauley-Stein, Justise Winslow, D’Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay. The consensus is that Anthony Towns and Okafor will go number one and two in this years draft. It just depends on who gets the number 1 pick as to who will actually go number one. Most college and NBA scouts believe that Anthony Towns is more likely to go number one, but the Timberwolves are really high on Okafor.

While this is not a superstar deep draft, there are quite a few guys that can make an impact on an NBA roster. There is also several intriguing story lines to follow as well. The Timberwolves could end up with the number one pick on their team for two straight years, after acquiring Andrew Wiggins from Cleveland last year. The Knicks are in desperate need of talent to rebuild and badly need one of the top two picks. The Lakers are also in the mix to acquire a top five pick and make one final run with Kobe. Then of course you have the usual draft lottery suspect, the Philadelphia 76er’s who continue to acquire young talent that never equates to wins.

In case you have never paid attention to how the NBA Draft and Lottery works, the 14 teams that did not make the playoffs are given a number of chances at the number one pick based on their record this season. So Minnesota will have the best chance at having the combination of ping-pong balls drawn tonight that land them the number one pick. Minnesota has a 25% chance of acquiring the number one pick, New York has a 20% chance, Philadelphia has a 15% chance and the Lakers have a 12% chance. Once the lottery’s top three teams are drawn, the remaining teams will select in this years draft in inverse order to their regular season record. So Minnesota, having the NBA’s worst record, is guaranteed to select no worse than four. Based on the number of chances assigned for the number one pick in the draft, there is a 72% chance that the number one pick will go to one of the following teams; Minnesota, New York, Philadelphia or the L.A. Lakers. But it’s called a lottery for a reason, anyone playing has a chance to win.

You can see the NBA Draft Lottery tonight on ESPN at 7:30 CT before the Rockets and Warriors tip-off in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. The NBA Draft will be held Thursday, June 25th at the Barclays Center, the home of the Brooklyn Nets.

 

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Brandon covers the NBA for MyFantasySportsTalk.com, you can follow him on Twitter @New_Breid

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