With no March Madness and the prospect of this season of the NBA being deemed null and void, it hasn’t been a good few weeks for basketball fans.
One bright spark among the bad news has been the announcement of the NBA 2K Players Tournament beginning this Friday. It sees 16 NBA players, including Finals MVP Kevin Durant and 4-time All-Star Demarcus Cousins, go head-to-head in an NBA 2K tournament. The games will be broadcast live in the United States on ESPN and they will also be streamed live across the world on the NBA and NBA 2K social media channels.
16 players declared their interest in playing in the tournament with Durant being the most high-profile. The Brooklyn Nets forward has not played in the NBA regular season and this will technically be his first appearance in the Brooklyn jersey.
The players have been seeded by their in-game ranking and the first round draw is as follows;
- Kevin Durant (1) vs Derrick Jones Jr. (16)
- Trae Young (2) vs Harrison Barnes (15)
- Hassan Whiteside (3) vs Patrick Beverley (14)
- Donovan Mitchell (4) vs Rui Hachimura (13)
- Devin Booker (5) vs Michael Porter Jr. (12)
- Andre Drummond (6) vs DeMarcus Cousins (11)
- Zach LaVine (7) vs DeAndre Ayton (10)
- Montrezl Harrell (8) vs Domantas Sabonis (9)
The first round begins on Friday with the Quarter Finals on Tuesday and Semi Finals and Final played on Saturday 11th April.
NBA 2K Betting
There is no outright betting available for the Players Tournament but there is match betting available for the First Round games on CanPlay. Find the odds here.
So, who should you bet on? There’s a few notable gamers in the NBA and three of them are on show in this tournament. Trae Young and Zach LaVine have shown themselves to be good gamers in the past. However, the favourite for this tournament has to be young Phoenix Suns phenom Devin Booker. Booker has over 50,000 followers on gaming streaming service Twitch.
He is heavy favourite to beat Michael Porter Jr. on Friday. You can back Booker to win at -220 with CanPlay. He would be our pick to win the whole tournament outright.
Donovan Mitchell is another prominent NBA 2K player. The Utah Jazz guard has 12,500 followers on Twitch. You can back him to beat Rui Hachimura at -195 in the First Round this Friday.
NBA 2K Players Tournament Hype
There’s no doubt that these games will attract a big audience. Nascar trialled a similar tournament over the last few weeks that had an audience of nearly 1 million. Given the star power of the players playing in the tournament and they all around higher profile of the NBA and the NBA 2K game then there should be considerably higher viewing figures.
Keep up to date with all the latest betting info on CanPlay Sports.