Mavericks, Bulls win tiebreakers for draft lottery position
The Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls have won tiebreakers to put them in better position ahead of the NBA Draft lottery.
The Mavericks won a tiebreaker with the Atlanta Hawks on Friday after they shared the NBA’s thirdworst record at 24-58.
Dallas gets a 13.8 percent chance to win the lottery and Atlanta at 13.7, and should neither team move up, the Mavericks would pick one spot higher in the draft.
Chicago and Sacramento both finished 27-55. They will have the same odds in the lottery, but the Bulls will be sixth and the Kings seventh if nobody jumps ahead of them and neither moves up in the lottery.
Wizards’ Meeks suspended for positive drug test
The NBA suspended Washington Wizards guard Jodie Meeks 25 games without pay for using a banned substance.
The league announced the suspension Friday. The NBA says Meeks tested positive for Ipamorelin, a growth hormone that’s prohibited under the league’s drug program.
Meeks’ suspension makes Washington’s signing of guard Ty Lawson just before the playoffs make more sense. Lawson replaces Meeks on the Wizards’ bench behind starting guards John Wall and Bradley Beal.