16 NBA stars are set to go head-to-head in the first ever NBA 2K Players Tournament - but who will be crowned king of the virtual basketball world?
NBA 2K Players Tournament Predictions & Tips: What Is The NBA 2K Players Tournament?
Sports stars across the globe are taking part in virtual sporting events, so it was only a matter of time before the stars of the NBA took to the virtual court courtesy of the popular NBA 2K game. That time is now, with 16 players going head-to-head in a knockout tournament to crown the champion, with the winner receiving a $100,000 donation to give to charity.
“We are excited to tip off the first ‘NBA 2K Players Tournament’ in partnership with the NBPA (National Basketball Players Association) and 2K, continuing an ongoing effort to stay connected with NBA fans around the world, while also giving back in this time of need,” said Matt Holt, the NBA’s senior vice president of Global Partnerships.
Every player will select eight current NBA teams to play as in the game, but each player can only use a team once. Should two players opt to use the same team at the same time, the designated away team will be granted first choice. The first two rounds of the completion will be played in a single elimination format, with the semi-finals and final itself being ‘Best of Three’.
NBA 2K Players Tournament Predictions & Tips: When Is The NBA 2K Players Tournament?
The NBA 2K Players Tournament official gets underway on Friday, April 3 and concludes on Saturday, April 11.
Derrick Jones Jr v Kevin Durant will kick things off, or should I say tip things off, at 00:30 BST on Saturday April 4, with seven more first round matches taking place before 04:30 BST. The remaining first round games will be held between 17:00 BST and 21:00 BST on Sunday, April 5.
The four NBA 2K Players Tournament quarter-finals will be held in the early hours of Wednesday April 8, from 00:00 BST to 04:00 BST, with the semi-finals and finals of the NBA 2K Players Tournament set to take place at a yet-to-be-confirmed time on Saturday, April 11.
NBA 2K Players Tournament Predictions & Tips: Which Players Are In The NBA 2K Players Tournament?
16 NBA players are entered into the tournament and they are being seeded using a combination of their in-game stats and their tenure within the premier league of basketball.
Despite not playing a single minute during the 2019/20 season so far, the Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant is the number one seed thanks to his 96 ranking and near 13-year career in the NBA. Ranked last is Derrick Jones Jr of the Miami Heat, who shares a 78 rating with the Los Angeles Clippers’ Partick Beverley and the Sacramento Kings’ Harrison Barnes.
The full line-up, in order of seeding, is as follows:
1. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets (96)
2. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks (90)
3. Hassan Whiteside, Portland Trail Blazers (87)
4. Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz (87)
5. Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns (86)
6. Andre Drummond, Cleveland Cavaliers (85)
7. Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls (85)
8. Montrezl Harrell, LA Clippers (85)
9. Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers (85)
10. Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns (85)
11. DeMarcus Cousins (81)
12. Michael Porter Jr., Denver Nuggets (81)
13. Rui Hachimura, Washington Wizards (79)
14. Patrick Beverley, LA Clippers (78)
15. Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings (78)
16. Derrick Jones Jr., Miami Heat (78)
*Players subject to change.
NBA 2K Players Tournament Predictions & Tips: Can I Bet On The NBA 2K Players Tournament?
Yes, you can bet on the first ever NBA 2K Players Tournament, both before the competition and during it.
Bookmaker Betfred is offering a selection of outright and match odds for the NBA 2K Players Tournament. At the time of writing Devin Booker is the 7/2 favourite to win it all, with Kevin Durant considered his biggest threat at 9/2. This is not a two-horse race though, with DeAndre Ayton, Donovan Mitchell (both 7/1) and Trae Young (8/1) all priced shorter than 10s.
In terms of match betting for the NBA 2K Players Tournament, you can bet on the outcome of every single match during the competition, while just like ‘real’ basketball you can also bet on the Spread with Betfred offering the chance to back players with the handicap or against it.
NBA 2K Players Tournament Predictions & Tips: How Can I Watch The NBA 2K Players Tournament?
There are a whole host of ways to watch NBA 2K Players Tournament live streams throughout the tournament. NBA 2K Players Tournament live streams will be available via the NBA’s official Facebook, Twitter, Twitch and YouTube pages, while the official Facebook, Twitter, Twitch and YouTube pages for the NBA 2K will also be offering free NBA 2K Players Tournament live streams.
NBA 2K Players Tournament Predictions & Tips: Devin Booker To Win Tournament @ 7/2
The bookmakers have installed Devin Booker as the favourite to win it all and that makes sense because he is one of the younger players in the tournament. Booker has probably been gaming his entire life and you would imagine he will not be like us ‘old folk’ over 30 who can find ourselves fumbling for the wrong button, pressing X when we should have pressed Y. He is going to need to be brave and get using the Phoenix Suns out of the way early, but once he starts using the better teams on the game he will be a hard man to stop. The bookies are backing Booker for NBA 2K Players Tournament glory and I am backing him too.