Sixers Balls: The Race For More Balls..

NBA Lottery Machine

Well, I just took notice that I haven’t written anything in about 4 months. Unfortunately, “Real-Life” got in the way, but now I am back. I am refreshed, recharged, and ready to talk about some balls. I mean, a lot of balls.  OK, fine. I will be professional for a split-second. I am obviously talking about Lottery Balls. The date that every Sixers fan should have circled is May 20, 2014.

That is a “Date Which Will Live in Infamy“, to quote  FDR. I will tell you what, if it doesn’t, I will cry like baby to mother or go play with on-coming traffic. I mean, shit we (Sixers Fans) deserve nothing less than a TOP TWO pick. Right?  After all we been through this season. The 21 players and counting the Sixers and Hinkie have rolled out at the Wells Fargo Center. The Darius Johnson-Odom’s, Brandon Davies’, and the Daniel Orton’s of the world. I really don’t want to list anymore. The basketball gods have to be looking down on the Sixers fans. They have to be.

With all my whining going on in this post, I figured to check out how the race for the most balls are going. Lets begin..

Milwaukee Bucks

1.  Bucks  13-55 (25% chance of the first pick)

Remaining Home Games: Lakers, Heat, Raptors, Pacers, Cavs, and Hawks

Remaining Away Games: Warriors, Kings, Clippers, Pistons, Heat, Bulls, Wiz, and Raptors.

OK, I am trying to find enough wins for this team. They have a chance against the Lakers at home and even the Cavs (Irving out).  Maybe the Pistons on the road? Probably pushing it there. Considering the Bucks have 5 road wins all year. After that, I don’t see another “W” unfortunately. Hawks are battling the Knicks for that great 8th seed in the East, but maybe the have that 8th seed rapped up and they “rest” their starters on the last game of the season. Let’s just say that happens.  The Bucks go 3-11 the rest of the way.

Sam Hinkie Philadelphia Sixers

2. Sixers  15-52 (19.9% chance of the first pick)

Remaining Home Games: Bulls, Knicks, Pistons, Bobcats, Nets, and Celtics

Remaining Away Games: Bulls, Spurs, Rockets, Hawks, Celtics, Raptors, Griz, Bobcats, and Heat.

As much as people think that the Sixers will not win another game the rest of the year, I still think that they have a chance at  two. Then again…. I have them splitting with the Celtics and maybe beating the Pistons. After that, I have nothing else. I mean,  I guess they could just maybe, beat the Knicks at home. Though I really don’t see that happening. I think that 2 wins the rest of the way is a decent gauge. The Sixers go 2-13 the rest of the way.

Orlando Magic

3. Magic   19-49 (15.6% chance for the first pick)

Remaining Home Games: Portland, Bobcats, Raptors, Cavs, Minny, Nets, Wiz, and Pacers.

Remaining Away Games: Suns, Jazz, Lakers, Bobcats, Nets, and Bulls.

I have to figure that the Magic have a couple of home wins in them. They are not completely terrible at home (15-18).  I really don’t see them catching the Sixers and/or the Bucks. The Magic roster is just not as bad as those two teams.  Not sure why I am even writing about them. This thing is a two-team race for more balls. I will say, just for fun, that they go 4-10 the rest of the way.

The Rest: Celtics (10.4%), Jazz (10.3%), Lakers (6.3%) 

In ending..

The Sixers (17-65) and Bucks (16-66). Every Sixers fan will NEVER forgive Evan Turner for that game winner that hit the rim about thousands times, if it ends up this way. In case of a tie, here is how that works out:

In the event that teams finish with the same record, each tied team receives the average of the total number of combinations for the positions that they occupy. In 2007, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Portland Trail Blazers tied for the sixth worst record. The average of the 6th and 7th positions in the lottery was taken, resulting in each team getting 53 combinations (the average of 63 and 43). Should the average number not be an integer, a coin flip is then used to determine which team or teams receive the extra combination(s). The result of the coin flip is also used to determine who receives the earlier pick in the event that neither of the tied teams wins one of the first three picks via the lottery. via

So yeah, let’s hope the Sixers don’t win another game.  Plus, I always suck at predicting shit.

Contributor: Marc Davis (Editing)


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