The NBA Playoffs are back, with the bracket officially set! After a thrilling contest that went to overtime on Friday evening, the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Golden State Warriors to take the final seed, No. 8, in the West. With the NBA Play-In Tournament games over, now it’s time for the NBA Playoffs bracket to begin. Saturday brings the first games of the first round, and an NBA 2K21 Playoffs simulation has arrived with predictions.
NBA 2K21 Playoffs Simulation bracket arrives
In a similar fashion to EA’s NHL 21 playoffs simulation, there’s also one from 2K with their NBA 2K21 Playoffs simulation. On Saturday, May 22, just hours before tip-off for the first game of the NBA’s postseason, @NBA2K revealed their full bracket with predictions.
That includes several upsets in just the first round. One of those features LeBron James and the Lakers, who earned the No. 7 seed via the Play-In Tournament, taking out No. 2 seed Phoenix.
Over in the Eastern Conference, they’ve got the Miami Heat, trying to get back to the NBA Finals for a second-straight season. The NBA 2K21 playoffs simulation shows that No. 6 Miami was able to topple the No. 3-seeded Milwaukee Bucks, before they rant into the Brooklyn Nets.
Other upsets are on display, as No. 6 seed Portland is predicted to defeat No. 3 Denver in the first round. The Los Angeles Clippers, the fourth seed in the West are predicted to take down No. 1 seed Utah in the second round.
Ultimately, it’s expected to bring a battle between LeBron’s Lakers and KD’s Nets. LeBron will have the help of Anthony Davis, while the Nets sport a Big Three that also includes James Harden and Kyrie Irving. When it’s all said and done, Brooklyn is expected to have won the Larry O’Brien Trophy, giving Harden and Irving their first title, and KD his third.
Championship odds favor 2K’s finals matchup ahead of first round
While some may question the NBA 2K21 Playoffs simulation predictions above, the oddsmakers had similar thoughts about who might battle in the Finals and who will it all. Various sportsbooks have the Brooklyn Nets installed as overall favorites to capture this year’s NBA title. However, the Lakers are listed at many sportsbooks right below them.
The first game of the NBA Playoffs was scheduled for Saturday, May 22, starting at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. That’s when the Miami Heat will take on the Milwaukee Bucks. Check out the additional opening-round games below:
Saturday, May 22 Game 1 schedule:
- Miami Heat at Milwaukee Bucks (2 p.m. ET) on ESPN
- Dallas Mavs at. LA Clippers (4:30 p.m. ET) on ESPN
- Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets (8 p.m. ET) on ABC
- Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets (10:30 p.m. ET) on ESPN
Sunday, May 23 Game 1 schedule:
- Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers (1 p.m. ET) on TNT
- LA Lakers at Phoenix Suns (3:30 p.m. ET) on ABC
- Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks (7 p.m. ET) on TNT
- Memphis Grizzlies at Utah Jazz (9:30 p.m. ET) on TNT
Viewers can see games on ABC, ESPN, and TNT as shown above, with live stream options also available. We fully expect based on all the young stars and veterans participating in the playoffs we’ll see some great games and individual performances.
With that, NBA 2K21 is likely to release special promotions for MyTeam or elsewhere so stay tuned!
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