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Golden State Warriors Win Coin Flip, Retain Lottery Pick

Looks like all that tanking paid off after all. Well, it hasn’t yet, but at least it’s set up the Golden State Warriors for a possible payout.

The Warriors won a tie-breaking coin flip with the Toronto Raptors to sneak into the No. 7 slotted team at the NBA draft lottery Friday, improving their chances greatly of keeping their first round pick.

Because of a trade a few season back, if the Warriors wind up with the No. 1 through No. 7 pick in the draft, it’s theirs to keep. If the Warriors wind up with the No. 8 pick or worse, it will belong to the Utah Jazz.

By winning the drawing, the Warriors will have a 72. 4 percent chance of finishing the lottery among the top seven, and therefore keeping the pick. Had the Warriors lost , their chances would have fallen to 12.5 percent of jumping into the top three, which the Raptors have now as the No. 8 seed.

The draft lottery will be held May 30.

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