I'd like to personally thank the Utah Jazz for fighting through two overtime periods to pull out a victory on the last night of the season and allow the Celtics to have a share in the 4th worst record.
Here's how it will shake out.
The Celtics and Jazz will split 207 ping-pong ball combinations with a random drawing to see who gets the leftover combo (and the higher pick in the event neither vault into the top 3 spots). Both teams will own roughly 33.7 percent chance at a top-3 pick and a 10.4 percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick. Boston can pick no lower than eighth in June's draft.
This was the best case senario heading into last night's games as detailed by Kevin O'Connor.
If Boston loses and the Utah Jazz win, they will tie for the fourth worst record in the NBA. If that happens, a coin flip determines which team receives an extra odd for the draft lottery, so the Celtics would have either have a 33.6 or 33.4 percent chance at a top three pick.
In addition, it seems like the Celtics could potentially move up a spot with their second pick as well.
What's more, with Washington's win over Boston, coupled with Brooklyn's loss in Cleveland, the Celtics will pick as high as 17th in June's draft with the Nets' pick received in last summer's swap. A coin flip will break the tie between the Nets and Wizards, who both finished at 44-38, meaning Boston will pick 17th or 18th overall with that selection.
The NBA Draft Lottery is not until May 20th but apparently the coin flips will happen later this week.
Update: Sounds like the coin flip will be tomorrow!
Tomorrow is an important day for the NBA draft order. BOS-Utah (4-5), BOS-PHX (17-18), CHI-TOR (19-20), CHA-HOU-MIA (24-26).— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) April 17, 2014