The Warriors have 22 wins with five games left, and if they lose out, they will have secured the seventh spot in May's NBA lottery. They're tied in the win column with Toronto and New Jersey, one of which they'll pass because those teams play each other Thursday. If the Raptors beat Detroit on Sunday and lose to the Nets, the Warriors could drop to the sixth spot in the lottery. Instead of figuring playoff odds, the Warriors are looking at lottery percentages because their upcoming first-round draft pick will be traded to Utah if it's not among the first seven choices. The odds change drastically if they're eighth (10 percent chance of staying among the top seven picks) and sixth (95.5). "It's not something I think about or something I'm worried about," head coach Mark Jackson said. "Truthfully, I don't even know how the system works completely. My concern is winning ballgames right now." The Warriors have lost a season-high six straight games for the second time since March 25. They've lost 18 of 22 and could finish by losing 23 of 27 games.
Jackson, Curry: Warriors aren't tanking games
San Francisco Chronicle | Apr 20