2K Simulates The NBA Playoffs
The NBA 2016-2017 playoffs here. Once again, 2K simulates the NBA playoffs using the NBA 2K17 engine. 2K’s past simulations are said to have yielded rather accurate results and now we look forward to seeing what may transpire in this year’s playoffs.
Making Way To The Finals
Using the official postseason bracket, the simulation answered some very interesting questions on performance surrounding this year’s final match-ups.
First off, the West first round saw four very close games between Portland Trailblazers and the Golden State Warriors. In all four games, Golden State managed to inch out a victory for a clean sweep. The Clippers played the Jazz through all seven games and eventually took their fourth victory. The Spurs nearly closed out Memphis with a clean sweep of their own but fell short with a record of 4-1.
Secondly, in the East first round there was some action many did not expect. It took Boston all seven games to put away the seed eight Bulls. Washington went 4-2 against the Hawks and following Golden State’s lead, Toronto made a clean sweep of their own against the Bucks in four tight games. Lastly, the Cavs put away the Pacers in 6.
Cleaning House In The Second Round
Golden State continued to walk tall in the West with a near clean sweep eliminating the LA Clippers. The Houston Rockets would go to war in seven games with the Spurs eventually punching their ticket to the WCF.
In the East, things weren’t so dominant for the Celtics. The Wizards had the momentum going in and took the victory 4-2. The Cavs followed suit in closing out the Raptors in 6, making their way to the ECF.
WCF and ECF
In a physical seven game series, Cleveland put down the Wizards to make their way to the finals for the third straight year. The WCF showcased a phenomenal high scoring shootout between Houston and Golden State. Although Houston stood their ground firmly, it only took Golden State five games to walk out heading to the NBA finals to meet the Cleveland Cavaliers for a third time.
The Rubber Match
In a date with destiny, the Golden State Warriors with Kevin Durant would skirmish once again with the battle-hardened, battle-tested Cleveland Cavaliers. A third straight showdown between the two looked to be a fitting way to perhaps put an end to the ongoing rivalry. For a second straight year it would come down to game seven after a grueling series. Succeeding where they failed last year, Golden State would pull out a victory on home turf, earning a bit of redemption and closing out the NBA 2016-2017 playoffs simulation.
We can thank Take-Two’s NBA 2K17 team for an amazing NBA Playoffs prediction; to see the full details, check out the official posting by 2K.