NBA Draft Lottery: Schedule, odds and how it works 2020 Draft Lottery postponed From NBA.com Staff May 1, 2020 5:25 PM ET Update: The NBA announced the indefinite postponement of NBA Draft Lottery 2020. It was scheduled to be held on May 19 in Chicago. The NBA Draft Lottery determines the order of selection for the NBA Draft. Here’s how it works: What teams will participate in the 2020 Draft Lottery? The 14 teams that did not make the 2020 postseason are eligible for the Lottery.