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Lakers one step closer to the NBA draft's top pick

Lakers one step closer to the NBA draft's top pick

With this loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Lakers fell to 21-52, half a game worse than the Phoenix Suns.

The team with the worst record in the NBA will have a 64.1% chance of having a lottery pick in the top three. The team with the second-worst record will have a 55.7% chance and the team with the third-worst record will have a 46.8% chance of staying in the top three.

If the Lakers’ pick falls out of the top three, that pick will go to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Lakers originally gave up the pick, with protections, in the 2012 trade for Steve Nash.

Phoenix lost on Sunday afternoon to the Charlotte Hornets and are 22-52.

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