Cleveland Cavaliers: The fan survival guide for the NBA Draft lottery

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Here’s what fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers should do during the 2019 NBA Draft lottery.

The 2019 NBA Draft lottery is right around the corner and with the lottery odds being evened out between the bottom-three finishing teams from the prior season this year (with a 14.0% chance between the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns, as we’ve touched on, per Tankathon) we could get a crazy outcome.

With the rights to Duke superstar Zion Williamson (the consensus number one pick) on the line, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Since the stakes are so high, I think it’s important for fans to treat this as if it’s Game 7 of the Finals.

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With that being said, fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers should try to follow these rules on May 14th, the night of the 2019 NBA Draft lottery.

#1: Find your lucky spot

For Cavs fans, go to the place where you watched Game 7 of the 2016 Finals (where Cleveland won its only NBA championship, defeating the Golden State Warriors). I can’t stress how important that is since that was the greatest Cleveland sports moment of the last 50 years, easily.

If you watched Game 7 at your friend’s house, call your buddy immediately and make plans. If you watched it at a bar, go there immediately after work. If you watched it at an airport, buy the cheapest flight and sit in the lobby while watching it on your phone.

You need to be in the same place you were on the best sports night of your life.

#2: Watch it on a 10-minute delay

The beauty of DVR is to fast forward through the commercials. I do it all the time.

I can’t stress how important it is to watch the lottery on delay, especially when ESPN takes a random commercial break after showing Zion, Ja Morant, and RJ Barrett posing with a bunch of random draft hats.

You don’t want to be stuck there watching a random insurance commercial during the most stressful 20 minutes of your sports life. It almost feels like the lottery takes 25 minutes longer than it should and you should try to make it 15 minutes shorter.

#3: Wear lucky mementos or try to jinx the other teams

It could be your lucky Kyrie Irving jersey (back from when he was on the Cleveland Cavaliers, of course) or maybe even your pet. You need to find your luckiest items and have them with you during the lottery, so Cleveland gets the number one overall pick and the right to draft Williamson, one of the best prospects to come into the NBA since LeBron James.

Or it could be a reverse jinx. You could wear a Knicks jersey in order to jinx the Knicks.

The Kristaps Porzingis (who is now on the Dallas Mavericks courtesy of a reported trade during the 2018-19 season) jerseys are pretty cheap now (on the Macy’s website).

The basketball gods can be very cruel and weird, as there are times where you might have to appease them and amuse them at the same time; the lottery is definitely one of those times where you need to satisfy them.

You could also just wear the same gear you had on during Game 7 of the 2016 Finals, too.

#4: Don’t go on Twitter during the lottery

If you’re watching it on delay, don’t do it. Just don’t check Twitter until you know who will have Williamson for the next 15 years.

If you had filters on Twitter before you saw “Avengers: Endgame,” do the same thing for the 2019 NBA Draft lottery.

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Plus, if the Cleveland Cavaliers win the lottery, we all know that NBA Twitter will be complaining until dawn so don’t let them ruin your mood before you know the results. Lastly, who wants to be spoiled, anyway?