The Portland Trail Blazers lost to the Golden State Warriors, 99-88, on Wednesday night at the Rose Garden, dropping to 33-49 on the season.
That record gives Portland the No. 10 slot in the 2013 NBA Draft Lottery order. The Blazers will have a 1.1 percent chance to win the No. 1 pick in the Draft and a 4 percent to move up into one of the top-three spots. Portland moved past both the Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, as both teams won their 34th game of the season.
Portland's first-round pick is top-12 protected, meaning it will be conveyed to the Charlotte Bobcats if the pick lands outside the top-12. Given Portland's current placement, three of the four teams in slots 11-to-14 would need to hop over the Blazers for the pick to be transferred. In other words, lightning would need to strike three times in a row for Portland to lose its pick this season.
The 2013 NBA Draft Lottery drawing will be held on May 21. The 2013 NBA Draft is June 27.
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