By the Numbers: Cavs' Draft Lottery

Eight players who might fit the Cavs at No. 8

Eight players who might fit the Cavs at No. 8

Will any team make an unexpected jump into the top three? The team will have an 8.4 percent chance of receiving the seventh pick and a 0.4 percent chance of receiving the eighth pick. The Celtics will get the pick if it winds up at No. 2 or No. 3.

The NBA draft lottery can shape the fortunes of a franchise, with ping-pong balls determining whether a team lands the cornerstone of a champion or keeps coming back for more.

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This year, three teams - Brooklyn, the Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit - traded away their first-round picks. Chance for top-three pick: 18.3 percent.

The last time the Cavaliers won the lottery, in 2014 as the No. 9 seed, when they had just a 1.7 percent chance of landing that top pick, they flipped the selection of Andrew Wiggins into the trade for Kevin Love. The Pistons have a 2.5 percent chance of making such a leap. And after missing the playoffs by one game this season, they'll need a miracle to land the No. 1 overall pick.

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Boston still will have a presence in Chicago for Tuesday's lottery in the off chance of a miracle: Team president Rich Gotham will be in the main stage area, while assistant general manager Mike Zarren will be in the drawing room. Chance for top-three pick: 2.2 percent.

Coverage gets under way on ESPN at 7:30pm.

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The annual articles about how the Wolves have never improved their pre-lottery position - and in many cases have moved down from their spot, costing them a chance to draft everyone from Shaquille O'Neal to Kyrie Irving - will remain dusty for at least this year. But that doesn't really matter until June 21 on draft night - more than a month from now.

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