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NBA Standings 2012: NBA Draft Lottery Looms Large As Cavaliers Hit Final Stretch

With the postseason long out of the equation, the Cleveland Cavaliers are in a tight battle for NBA Draft Lottery supremacy later this summer as they barrel towards the finish line as one of the worst teams in the league.

The Cavaliers, who landed star point guard Kyrie Irving at No. 1 overall last June, are 21-41 on the season and have the fifth-worst record in the NBA. But with four games remaining and such a close race among other franchises also in dismal situations, there is still a good amount of movement that can take place in the standings.

With four key games (three against playoff teams) remaining on its slate, Cleveland can do no worse than the 13th seed by which it currently occupies. A strong showing over the final week however could thrust the Cavs towards the No. 11 or 12 spots, which would represent a moderate improvement from woeful 2010-11 season where they won just 19 games.

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