NBA Power Rankings: Sprint for the Ring

30. Houston Rockets (17-55)

Lottery Odds: 14 %

What a whirlwind of a season for the Houston Rockets. At the start of the year, some Rocket fans were excited at the prospect of their team potentially making noise in the postseason. James Harden to go along with emerging star Christian Wood and the suddenly-rejuvenated John Wall? Intriguing.

A month or so later, Harden was gone and the Rockets were in full-on tank mode. Even with a surprising stretch that included a six-game winning streak, Houston did more than enough to secure the best odds in the draft lottery – thanks in large part to a 20-game streak of L’s.

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29. Cleveland Cavaliers (22-50)

Lottery Odds: 11.5 %

Remember when the Cavs beat the mighty Brooklyn Nets in back-to-back games all those months ago? Cleveland lost 43 of its next 57 games after that. That includes a 1-13 surge to end the year. The Cavs have a highly-skilled backcourt with Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, but it could be tricky finding pieces that work around their two premier players.

You can ask the Portland Trail Blazers about the difficulties of building around two smaller guards. If they can add another premier talent alongside Sexton, Garland, and Jarrett Allen, the Cavs should be able to make a leap in the standings next season.

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