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News Feed Item posts odds on the 2006 NBA Draft Lottery

History shows worst team doesn't always get number one choice

NEW YORK, NY, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- With the NBA Draft Lottery right around the corner, hoops fans can do more than anxiously anticipate which team will win the first pick - they can bet on it. Several teams will be chomping at the bit for the number one pick at the upcoming NBA Lottery Draft. But history has dictated that the worst team doesn't always land on top, prompting to offer odds on which team will land the coveted first selection at the NBA Entertainment studio in Secaucus, NJ on May 23.

The Portland Trailblazers, with a regular season record of 21-61, currently have the best odds at 3-1. This should not dampen the hopes of the Utah Jazz, the fourteenth and final team in the lottery with 200-1 odds. In 1992 the Orlando Magic defied the lottery odds and scored the number one pick, which they later used to select Chris Webber, with just one chance out of 66. The New Jersey Nets, seventh overall among non-playoff teams in 2000, won the number one pick for that year while Houston landed the first pick in 2002 as the fifth team overall and chose superstar Yao Ming.

Since 1990, only three teams with the worst regular season records have won the NBA Draft Lottery - New Jersey (1990), Cleveland (2003) and Orlando (2004) - while seven teams seeded fourth or higher have scored the number one pick.

"This is an exciting time for NBA fans," said Alex Czajkowski, "Everybody bets on the NBA and now they can bet on the NBA draft lottery. Each year is a crap shoot - there's always one team that sneaks in and lands an unexpected selection number. That's what makes this draft process so unique and entertaining for basketball fans."

2006 NBA LOTTERY - TEAM TO WIN THE FIRST PICK --------------------------------------------- Portland Blazers 3-1 Chicago Bulls (via New York) 4-1 Charlotte BobCats 13-2 Atlanta Hawks 13-2 Toronto Raptors 11-1 Minnesota T-Wolves 16-1 Boston Celtics 16-1 Houston Rockets 40-1 Golden State Warriors 45-1 Seattle Sonics 90-1 Orlando Magic 125-1 New Orleans Hornets 140-1 Philadelphia 76ers 170-1 Utah Jazz 200-1 For complete NBA odds please visit About is the largest sportsbook and casino on the planet, where millions of adult Americans bet on sports, play poker and enjoy blackjack and other casino games online in a regulated and licensed jurisdiction. Named the "Best US Sports Book" by the industry's top magazine, eGaming Review, has been leading the online gaming industry since 1996. Dwarfing its nearest competitors in the US, has been the first to achieve every significant industry milestone, from record turnover to active users to number of bets -- achieving a peak of fifteen bets per second. As the US online gaming leader, the firm and its products have been featured on CBS 60 Minutes, CNN, ESPN, Wall Street Journal, Barrons, Financial Times, USA Today and in every major newspaper in the US. is the flagship brand for Sportingbet PLC, , the world's leading publicly traded online gaming company. Sportingbet PLC, headquartered in London, England, has been voted number one in the industry for two years in a row by the authoritative eGaming Review Power 50 Survey.

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