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NBA Teams With Top Picks In Tonight's Draft Prepping Viewing Parties For Fans
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Teams with the top picks in tonight's NBA Draft are readying activation plans in their home markets. The Cavaliers have the top overall pick for the second consecutive year and are hosting a free event at Quicken Loans Arena, with Mountain Dew KickStart as the presenting sponsor. The event will include a concert by local band Skinny Moo, a fan zone of interactive activities, games, and $1 hot dogs and sodas. Tickets are being distributed online through Flash Seats, the arena box office, and at Northeast Ohio Discount Drug Mart locations. Fans who claim tickets in advance via Flash Seats and attend the draft "after party" at Horseshoe Casino will also receive two free tickets to a Cavaliers preseason game. The Bucks hold the No. 2 pick, and new Owners Wes Edens and Marc Lasry are inviting fans to what the team is billing as the “World’s Largest Draft Party.” The free event is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank and will be held outside the Marcus Amphitheater at Summerfest, Milwaukee’s music festival. Since the 76ers' home, Wells Fargo Center, is hosting the NHL Draft tomorrow night, the team, which has the No. 3 pick, opted to hold draft parties at 76 restaurants and bars around Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, with Coors Light as the lead sponsor. Participating establishments have posters, window clings, coasters, table tents and Sixers flags. Ten of the larger locations got 76ers/Coors Light-branded T-shirts, caps, ticket vouchers and autographed jerseys to give away. The Magic, which have the fourth pick, will be holding a draft party at Amway Center, also sponsored by MTN Dew Kickstart. The team said that 8,500 fans already have downloaded free tickets, and it expects upwards of 10,000 to attend.
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