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NBA Lottery Odds 2012: Teams That Need a Lucky Bounce in Draft Lottery

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 02:  Anthony Davis #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats drives on Jeff Withey #5 of the Kansas Jayhawks in the second half in the National Championship Game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on April 2, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIMay 29, 2012

The 2012 NBA Draft lottery will take place on Wednesday night and the Charlotte Bobcats are sitting pretty to land the No. 1 pick and, presumably, select Kentucky power forward Anthony Davis. But there are other teams who need as much help as the Bobcats, and they will need a lucky bounce from the ping pong balls to land a top pick.

The Bobcats have a 25 percent chance to land the No. 1 pick, while the Washington Wizards (19.9 percent), Cleveland Cavaliers (13.8 percent), New Orleans Hornets (13.7 percent) and Sacramento Kings (7.6 percent) could all use a player like Davis but are less likely to land him. 

The Cavs, Hornets and Kings all need help in the frontcourt, and Davis would fit perfectly. The Wizards could land the No. 2 pick and be happy with Florida guard Bradley Beal to complement John Wall in the backcourt. 

Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have a 12.66 percent chance of landing any of the top three picks, and Beal's shooting ability and defensive toughness would fit perfectly on their roster. Toronto looks like a team poised to take a big step forward, and if the balls bounce their way in the lottery they could make some noise next season.

It's fair to say that the Bobcats need to get lucky and land the top pick in this year's draft. They were dreadful this season, with an all-time NBA worst record of 7-59. There are other teams that need the same level of help that Charlotte does, but no other franchise needs good news like the Bobcats do. 

Michael Jordan's team has to get lucky and land the top pick in this year's draft, or it will be an incredibly long offseason.

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