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What time does the NBA draft lottery start?

NBA draft lottery

This machine will decide the Lakers’ lottery fate, and whether they salvage something good from a dismal season.

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A handful of NBA teams are going to be pretty psyched late Tuesday afternoon, while a bunch of others will end up being rather bummed.

Such is life on draft lottery day.

The action starts at 5 p.m. PDT and can be watched on ESPN. Lakers fans should be sure to pay attention because there’s a lot at stake.

The Lakers finished with the second-worst record in the league (17-65), which means they have second-best chance (19.9%) of landing the top pick in the draft. Only the Philadelphia 76ers (10-72) have better odds (25%) at having their ping-pong ball chosen first.

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But 12 other teams also have a shot at claiming that No. 1 pick as well as Nos. 2 and 3 in the lottery. And the Lakers really need to snag one of the three picks -- otherwise they will lose their first-round pick to the 76ers as a result of the Steve Nash trade in 2012 (the 76ers acquired the pick from Phoenix last year).

The Lakers have an 18.8% chance of taking the No. 2 spot and a 17.1% chance of getting third.

After the lottery determines the top three, the rest of the draft is slotted based on the teams’ records, from worst to best.

Louisiana State’s Ben Simmons and Duke’s Brandon Ingram are expected to be the top two picks in the June 23 draft.

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