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NBA Draft Lottery 2014: Bucks likely to finish with worst record, Celtics closing in on Magic for 3rd-worst mark

The Bucks are three games worse than the Sixers and will almost certainly finish with the NBA's worst record, while the Celtics' eight-game skid has them just one game better than the third-worst Magic.

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The Milwaukee Bucks have the NBA's worst record at 14-63, and barring some miracle, it will be the Bucks who have the highest chance of snagging the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft.

Milwaukee is three games worse than the Philadelphia 76ers, and although the Sixers will likely lose at least four of their last five games, it's tough to see the Bucks going on any type of winning streak. Milwaukee also has five games remaining, and four of them are against Eastern Conference playoff teams.

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A race that has really tightened up is the one for the third-worst record in the league. The Orlando Magic have held that dubious distinction for quite some time, but the Boston Celtics are closing in. The Celtics have lost eight straight games and are now just a game better than Orlando. Boston does play Philadelphia one more time, but it's on the road and the Celtics just lost to the Sixers at home. However, the Magic's five remaining games are all against East playoff teams, with two games against the Brooklyn Nets.

Over in the Western Conference, the Utah Jazz have the worst record, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers. The Jazz are just a game worse than the Lakers, and the two teams will play each other in Salt Lake City on April 14. Besides the game against Utah, Los Angeles has a tough closing stretch, facing three current Western Conference playoff teams in addition to the Memphis Grizzlies.

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The Sacramento Kings won two games last week and hold the seventh-worst record, two games ahead of Los Angeles. The Kings have a rough closing slate, with four games against current West playoff squads and the fifth against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Detroit Pistons remain in line to finish with the eighth-worst record, a spot that would be just fine with them. The Pistons currently owe the Charlotte Bobcats a draft pick that's top-eight protected for this year, so it won't go to the Bobcats if things stay the way they are. Detroit is currently 2½ games worse than the Cleveland Cavaliers, who own the ninth-worst record.

There are a few other trades of draft picks in the lottery to note. The New Orleans Pelicans will likely owe the Sixers their first-round pick via the Jrue Holiday trade (top-five protected), while the Magic will receive either the New York Knicks' pick or the Denver Nuggets' pick, whichever is less favorable. The Nuggets will get the more favorable of those two picks.

Here's a look at the current lottery standings:

W L % of No. 1
1. Milwaukee Bucks 14 63 25
2. Philadelphia 76ers 17 60 19.9
3. Orlando Magic 22 55 15.6
4. Boston Celtics 23 54 11.9
5. Utah Jazz 24 53 8.8
6. Los Angles Lakers 25 52 6.3
7. Sacramento Kings 27 50 4.3
8. Detroit Pistons 28 49 2.8
9. Cleveland Cavaliers 31 47 1.7
10. New Orleans Pelicans (to Sixers) 32 45 1.1
11. New York Knicks (to Nuggets) 33 45 0.8
12. Denver Nuggets (to Magic) 33 44 0.7
13. Minnesota Timberwolves 38 38 0.6
14. Memphis Grizzlies 45 32 0.5