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How to Watch Live 2021 NBA Draft Lottery, Preview & Odds


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How to Watch the 2021 NBA Draft Lottery
The best player in the 2021 NBA Draft seems to be OSU's Cade Cunningham. Who will have the rights to draft him? JUSTIN LANE/EPA

The 2021 NBA draft is on July 29 on ESPN and ABC but we must first figure the order of the draft. This is the first draft since the inaugural in 1947 to be held in July. Usually it is held in June but of course nothing is normal with the pandemic as last year's draft was held in November. The lottery is set to air before the second game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns on ESPN.

What TV Channel is the 2021 NBA Draft Lottery on?

The 2021 NBA Draft Lottery  will be shown on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. ET. You can live stream NBA games on fuboTV.

How to Watch 2021 NBA Draft Lottery

When: Tuesday, June 22
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch NBA free with fuboTV)

The projected number one pick is pretty unanimous this year at least compared to last year's draft. The best player going into the 2021 is Cade Cunningham out of Oklahoma State. He is a terrific at every position you put him at on both sides of the court. Well maybe not at center but even then he's 6' 8" with a giant jump shot to match. Evan Mobley out of USC would be a great pick at any spot who has the traditional height of a center but can still shot. If he could even half-way fit the mold of Anthony Davis or Nikola Jokic, he will be a tremendous pick up.

Then there is the tale of two Jalen's. First is Jalen Green who might have the best shot in the whole draft. He was easily a five-star prospect coming out of high school but was one of the first to skip college and head to the NBA G League. For how successful he's been, he may have just paved the way for many players. Finally, there is Jalen Suggs. You'll remember him from hitting that crazy three-pointer in the Final Four against UCLA to advance to the National Championship game against Baylor. Even though they lost the title game, he had a team-high 22 points. It will be hard to outwork this guy and would be a tremendous addition to any team.

There is a three-way tie for the best odds for the first pick in the NBA Draft. The Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic all have a 14 percent chance at the spot. The Rockets had the worst record in the league at 17-55 and therefore will have the highest average pick of any team. Although if they are unlucky enough to have their pick fall past the fourth pick, it will go to Oklahoma City. That's about sums up when you only get Russell Westbrook to play for your franchise for a year. Boy how the mighty have fallen after James Harden requested a trade at the top of the season.

The Rockets have been so consistently good this decade (among other trade reasons) that they haven't picked in the first round since 2015. Heck, they haven't had a pick in the past two drafts. If they do happen to get the first overall pick though, they can rely on a storied history of drafting well at the spot. The last time they had the first pick was in 2002 when they picked future hall-of-famer Yao Ming. Not to mention when they picked first back-to-back in 1983 and 1984 when they drafted Ralph Sampson and Hakeem Olajuwon respectively.

The Pistons best first-overall draft pick was HOF Bob Lanier, but even if they pick second they'll be hoping to replicate their 1981 second-overall pick Isiah Thomas and not their 2003 second-overall pick Darko Miličić who they picked over Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade. If they fall to third, Grant Hill wouldn't be bad to replicate at all who they drafted at that spot in 1994.

As for the Magic, well Shaquille O'Neal will likely be their best first overall pick. They also drafted Chris Webber in 1993 but traded him to Golden State. Can you imagine Shaq, C-Webb and Penny Hardaway? Maybe the Chicago Bulls would have never had a second three-peat. It's crazy how much a few rattling ping pong balls can change the course of NBA history.

Lottery Odds for No. 1 Pick

  1. Houston Rockets - 14 percent - Average pick: 3.7
  2. Detroit Pistons - 14 percent - Average pick: 3.9
  3. Orlando Magic - 14 percent - Average pick: 4.1
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder - 11.5 percent - Average pick: 4.1
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers - 11.5 percent - Average pick: 4.8
  6. Minnesota Timberwolves - 9 percent - Average pick: 5.5
  7. Toronto Raptors - 7.5 percent - Average pick: 6.2
  8. Chicago Bulls - 4.5 percent - Average pick: 7.5
  9. Sacramento Kings - 4.5 percent - Average pick: 8.1
  10. New Orleans Pelicans - 4.5 percent - Average pick: 8.7
  11. Charlotte Hornets - 1.8 percent - Average pick: 10.4
  12. San Antonio Spurs - 1.7 percent - Average pick: 11.3
  13. Indiana Pacers - 1 percent - Average pick: 12.5
  14. Golden State Warriors - .5 percent - Average pick: 13.7

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