With the first round of the 2017 edition of the NBA Playoffs already heating up, predictions on who will end up hoisting the trophy by June have already been circulating online, and one of the most popular video games carrying the league's name has joined the party.
According to a report by Polygon, "NBA 2K17" simulated the postseason and ended up having the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers facing off for the third straight year against the Golden State Warriors. The matchup's result, however, had the Warriors exacting revenge, taking the seven-game series, 4–3.
The video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports explained in their Facebook account how the two teams reached the last dance. The Warriors swept the Portland Trailblazers in the first round, which saw the two squads battling in four tightly-contested matches. They continued their dominance in the second round by ousting the LA Clippers in five games, before facing the Rockets in the conference finals, where they advanced in five games.
Meanwhile, the Cavs dispatched the Indiana Pacers in six games before facing the Toronto Raptors, which they also eliminated, 4–2. In the conference finals, the champs faced top-seeded Boston Celtics, which ended with the Cavs as victors in a grueling seven-game affair.
Moreover, the "NBA 2K17" post also reminded gamers and NBA fans how they have fared in the past when it comes to their predictions. "If this playoff sim has taught us anything the past few years, it's that NBA 2K spits out some pretty accurate results," the post read.
Aside from the NBA Playoffs, NHL was also simulated, this time by the video game "NHL 17." The results had the Nashville Predators win over The Montreal Canadiens, according to a report from EA Sports. The Predators faced and ousted the Chicago Blackhawks, the Minnesota Wild, and the Edmonton Oilers to win the West.