Hornets lose to Mavericks and lock in 5th worst record in the league

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Published: April 17, 2013

27-55.  Not the worst record the Hornets have ever had.  Nothing to be happy about either.  The team was gutted by injuries, and it showed tonight as the Hornets weren’t even able to do what they’d been good at all season on offense – shooting – and basically lived on a steady diet of Gordon on the attack and unproductive forays into the paint.

Al-Farouq opened with energy and finished the game with a fantastic 20 rebounds and 16 points.   Considering he’d been averaging 7 and 6 for the month of April, it was a surprising result.  I doubt it will have any impact on whether Dell Demps will try to re-sign him or not, but it was a nice effort that underlined just how inconsistent he can be – and what his potential still is.

I’m not sure there’s  a lot else in this game to talk about that we haven’t seen multiple time this season.

Instead, let’s talk lottery!  Odds:

  • The Pelicans now possess an 8.8% chance of winning the top pick of the lottery.
  • The Pelicans have a 9.7% chance of snagging the second pick of the draft.
  • The Pelicans have a 10.7% chance of getting the third pick.
  • There is no way for the Pelicans to own the fourth pick, barring trade.
  • There is a 26.1% chance the Pelicans remain in the 5th spot.
  • There is a 36% chance the Pelicans get the 6th pick in the draft.
  • There is an 8.4% chance the Pelicans fall to 7th.
  • There is a 0.4% chance the Pelicans fall to 8th.

In essence, the Hornets have about a 30% chance to advance and a 45% chance to fall.  With Marcus Smart not coming to the NBA, it appears the draft is now 4-deep.  Start warming your lucky talismans.

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