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Nuggets get 13th pick in 2017 NBA Draft, Celtics No. 1 overall

A general view of the Denver Nuggets logo on the floor prior to the game between the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks at the Pepsi Center. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

In the end, the Denver Nuggets 13th-best odds to slip into a top pick in this June’s NBA Draft turned out to be 100 percent accurate.

Going into Tuesday night’s NBA Draft lottery, the Nuggets had just a 0.6 percent chance of landing the top pick in the draft, 1.3 percent for the No. 2 pick, and 2.2 percent for a top-3 pick.

Denver would, in fact, stay exactly where they had been slotted — not unexpected with a 96 percent chance of not moving from the slot — earning the No. 13 pick despite the hopes and wish of Nuggets fans and guard Gary Harris, who was in attendance at the lottery in New York.

Via a video on the team’s Twitter account, Harris said, “Sorry we couldn’t move up in the draft, but I’m looking forward to seeing who that 13th pick is going to be.”

According to the Nuggets, the last time Denver had the 13th-overall pick, the club selected Jalen Rose out of Michigan.

At the top of the lottery, the Boston Celtics — with 25 percent odds — grabbed the No. 1-overal spot.

The top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference playoffs, Boston received the pick from the Nets via a trade four years ago that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce down to Brooklyn.

The Celtics finished off the Washington Wizards in a game 7-tilt on Monday night to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

That game can be heard on Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan starting at 6:30 p.m.

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