If Miami wins and Brooklyn loses, then Miami and Brooklyn will tie for the 10th worst record. They will split 18 ping pong balls, with each getting 9. A coin flip will then determine who gets a 10th ping pong ball, and also who drafts first if neither team moves into the top-3.
That 2nd result of the coin flip is the key, as neither team will have a great chance of moving into the top-3 (~3.5% chance for either team). The coin flip, however, will have drastic implications on the Sixers chances of getting the 10th pick. If Miami wins the coin flip and drafts first, the Sixers will have a 9.1% chance of getting the pick. If Miami loses the coin flip and drafts 2nd, the Sixers will have a 97.1% chance of getting the pick.
So we need the Heat to beat ... THE SIXERS, the Nets to lose to Orlando (ugh), and then Hinkie has to win a coin flip. Easy.
Now here is the real intrigue. The Sixers need to lose tonight to have a chance at getting their pick. After the Pacers won last night, the Heat have nothing to play for tonight, having been eliminated from playoff contention. So the Heat would stand to benefit from losing tonight as well, ensuring that they would keep their pick. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the tankiest of tank games ever! Lord only knows what the lineups will be like tonight - might even catch Franklin logging some time guarding Burnie. This is what we have been reduced to though, tankfests like tonight. This is the process. This is THE PLAN.
- The Sixers are limping across the finish line, having only 9 players active for the Bucks game on Monday night. Thankfully Ish seems to be healed, couldn't handle another game with no point guard.
- The Sixers played the Heat in their last game of the season last year as well. Duh duh DUH!
- The Sixers currently sit in 13th place for Defensive Rating, only two tenths of a point behind the Celtics for 11th. A good defensive showing tonight could give them something nice to hang their hat on for the season.
SG Hollis Thompson
SF Robert Covington
PF Jerami Grant
C Furkan Aldemir
PG Pat Riley
SF Michael Beasley
PF Alonzo Mourning
C Hassan Whiteside
Injuries: Sixers: Joel Embiid (Out, Foot), Tony Wroten (Out, right knee), Isaiah Canaan (Out, Foot), Jason Richardson (Knee, Out), Thomas Robinson (Ankle, Out)
Heat: Chris Bosh (Out, Lung), Shabazz Napier (Out, Hernia), Josh McRoberts (Out, Knee)
Prediction: We all lose. Seriously, if I had to guess I say the Sixers come out gunning because thats what we do, and the Heat throw in a towel. Sixers win 101-89, shooting themselves in the foot but ultimately winning because JAKAAR.