The NBA Draft Lottery is tonight at 2 a.m.

This Tuesday, May 17, is obviously the big start of the Eastern Conference Finals. But before the clash between the Heat and the Celtics in Miami, we will be entitled to the NBA Draft Lottery. A moment always very fun and above all eagerly awaited by fans of the worst teams of the season.

For all the explanations concerning this year’s Lottery, it’s here

For the slightly crazy scenarios of the Lottery 2022, it’s this way

The first pick ok, but to pick up who?

The Rockets, the Magic and the Pistons have been on vacation for more than a month and are quietly watching the NBA Playoffs on TV, but this May 17, 2022 could potentially represent a turning point for them. Among all the franchises concerned by the Lottery, Houston, Orlando and Detroit are the most likely to walk away with the first pick in the 2022 Draft, scheduled for June 23. And we know that a first draft pick can potentially change the fate of a team. The Pistons had seen the ping-pong balls bounce in their favor last year to then select a certain Cade Cunningham with the first pick, while Houston and Orlando had “satisfied” picks #2 and #5 to bet on Jalen Green and Jalen Suggs. Will one of these franchises be able to add another nugget to their roster via the first choice tonight, or will an unexpected team see luck smile on them? We know that since the reform of the Lottery in 2019, the worst teams in the regular season are less likely to walk away with the jackpot. Four years ago, the worst record of the season had a 25% chance of finishing with the top pick, and 19.9% ​​for the second. Today ? He only has 14%, tied with the second as well as the third. A change made by Adam Silver to limit excessive tanking in the NBA, and a change that adds an extra dose of uncertainty to this little event that we love so much.

Every year there is always that palpable excitement that accompanies the Draft Lottery, as it is known that small ping pong balls can truly determine the future of several NBA franchises. The atmosphere is both cool on the surface but heavy in the background. Every year there is suspense, surprises, great disappointments and guys who leave with a smile on their face. This night on the Chicago side, several well-known heads will also try to bring luck to their team. After Ben Wallace last year, it is Rip Hamilton who will, for example, represent the Pistons to try to do the double. We will also see Damian Lillard for the first time in a long time, he who hopes that his Blazers will get a generous choice next June. David Robinson will also be present for the Spurs, as will Domantas Sabonis for the Kings and Cleveland legend Anderson Varejao for the Cavaliers. Beautiful people therefore, even if some of them will necessarily put on the black cat costume. In short, you have understood it, it is the perfect aperitif before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between Miami and Boston. So instead of setting the alarm clock at 2:27 a.m., put it at 1:56 a.m. instead. You will see, it will be very fun.

The NBA Draft Lottery is scheduled for tonight and for some teams in total reconstruction, it’s like Game 7 of the Playoffs. We’re just exaggerating. We know teams that have won titles thanks to ping-pong balls (or a piece that fell on the right side), never forget that.