Pat Williams is pretty good at being lucky, and he's got a hunch.
"I got a funny feeling that this could be another Magic year, here. For some reason, I've just got the feel," Williams said.
Orlando sure could use it.
Following a difficult first season after trading Dwight Howard, the Magic is hoping Williams, the team's senior vice president, can bring them more lottery luck.
Armed with the best odds and their three-time winner back on stage, the Magic will try to jump-start the rebuilding process Tuesday night by landing the rights to the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.
Williams has won four times, including 1992, '93 and 2004 with the Magic, with the most recent one being used to draft Howard. No team since has entered with the best odds and won the lottery.
The Magic was back in the lottery the next two years but was busy playing in the postseason every spring since until this one, when it finished an NBA-worst 20-62 after sending Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers last August in a four-team deal.
That gives the Magic a 25 percent chance at winning the rights to choose first in a draft that appears uncertain. Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel is considered the top choice, though he could miss the first two months of the season while recovering from a torn ACL.
Noel would be the third Kentucky player to go No. 1 in the past four years -- joining the Washington Wizards' John Wall and Anthony Davis of New Orleans.
Charlotte has the second-best chance of winning the lottery at 19.9 percent, followed by Cleveland (15.6), Phoenix (11.9), New Orleans (8.8), Sacramento (6.3), Detroit (3.6) and Washington (3.5). Minnesota, Portland, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City (via Toronto), Dallas and Utah all have less than a 2 percent chance of winning the lottery.
The draft is June 27 at Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets.
Pacers: Forward David West is expected to play Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday at Miami, despite an injured right leg. Team doctors held West out of Monday's practice with what coach Frank Vogel described as a calf strain or lower leg strain. West did shoot around with his teammates after practice ended. Vogel said doctors thought it would be best to give West a day off.
Pacers center Roy Hibbert had his right thumb taped after getting hit in practice. He finished the workout and is expected play Wednesday.
Trail Blazers: Two brothers allege that people standing near Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard assaulted them after one of the victims took a photo of the NBA Rookie of the Year.
The brothers tell Portland television station KGW that the suspects were Lillard's "entourage," but police say they haven't determined whether they are associated with the player.
Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson says Lillard spoke with officers and "is not a suspect" in the assault. Simpson says the brothers had facial injuries and were treated at the scene after the scuffle early Saturday morning in a downtown night life district. They were not taken to a hospital.
The Blazers say they're aware of the incident and based on preliminary reports, none of their players is considered a suspect in the case.