2021 NBA Draft Lottery: Live Stream, TV Channel, Start Time, How to Watch

Published 06/22/2021, 4:35 AM EDT


As the top teams of the 2020-21 season are enjoying the playoffs, the bottom teams will have their spotlight tonight. The 2021 NBA Draft lottery will take place tonight and all 14 teams who didn’t qualify for the playoffs will be eager to find out where they stand.

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Last year, the lottery was conducted virtually because of the COVID-19 situation. But it will return to its in-person format once again this year. Teams will send their representatives for the lottery, and players, executives and coaches will all be a part of this.

All eyes will be on the Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, and the Orlando Magic since they have the best odds for the number one pick. This format was introduced in 2019, where the three worst teams have the same odds to obtain the top pick. Interestingly, since the change, none of the top 3 teams were able to grab the number one pick. So will it be a repeat this year?

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When and where to watch 2021 NBA Draft lottery

  • Date: June 22
  • Time: 8:30 PM EST
  • TV Channel: ESPN
  • Live Stream: fuboTV (free) or via Watch ESPN (subscription)

Which teams have the best odds for the number one pick?

These are the complete odds for the 2021 NBA lottery.

  • Houston Rockets 14.0%
  • Detroit Pistons 14.0%
  • Orlando Magic 14.0%
  • Oklahoma City Thunder 11.5%
  • Cleveland Cavaliers 11.5%
  • Minnesota Timberwolves 9.0%
  • Toronto Raptors 7.5%
  • Chicago Bulls 4.5%
  • Sacramento Kings 4.5%
  • New Orleans Pelicans 4.5%
  • Charlotte Hornets 1.8%
  • San Antonio Spurs 1.7%
  • Indiana Pacers 1.0%
  • Golden State Warriors 0.5%

Three teams: Rockets, Timberwolves, and the Bulls will be on their toes for the results. All of them have protected picks, so there is a chance they lose the picks.

The Rockets pick is a top-four protected pick. If they fall out of the top four, the OKC Thunder will receive their pick. The Timberwolves pick is a top-three protected pick, and if they fall outside of it, the Warriors will get it. Finally, the Bulls pick is a top-four protected pick as well, and if they fall out, the Magic will receive the pick.

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Feb 3, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Cade Cunningham (2) in action during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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