Trae Young vs Deandre Ayton - 4/9/20 NBA 2K Players Only Tournament Picks and Prediction
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Trae Young vs Deandre Ayton
NBA 2K Players Tournament: April 9, 2020 at 9:00 PM
Trae Young -165 / DeAndre Ayton +135 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Trae Young will take on Deandre Ayton Thursday, April 9th in a Quarterfinal match-up in the ESPN NBA 2K Tournament.
In the first round, Trae Young, playing with the Milwaukee Bucks, clobbered Harrison Barnes, who played with the Toronto Raptors, 101-59. From the very beginning, it was clear that Barnes was outclassed. Young came out with what I would classify as a cruel level of defensive intensity, forcing turnovers on three consecutive possessions in the opening minutes and blowing the game open 10-0 before either player had so much as finished exchanging pleasantries. Young seemed to visibly step off the gas on defense after that, realizing how outmatched his opponent was, and he still throttled Barnes. Scoring 101 points in a 24-minute game is extremely impressive, and Young showed off the acumen you might think a top athlete with his skillset may have. Guards are the most skilled players in the NBA, with world-class hand-eye coordination, and I thought that would translate to the world of video games and it seems that it did.
In the first round, Deandre Ayton, playing with the Houston Rockets, handled Zach Lavine, who played with the Miami Heat, 57-41. I applauded them for taking two teams that aren’t quite on the Tier 1 list of teams in the game, but this game wasn’t very fun to watch. Lavine struggled with the basic idea of finding open shots, which was comical since that is absolutely who he is in real-life as a player. Ayton seemed like he simply wanted to channel his inner Mike D’Antoni and chuck up 3s, and who can blame a guy who has been big his entire life for wanting to play like a guard when he’s got a controller in his hands? Ayton is well-known for being an avid 2k fan, and there’s even a famous instance of him destroying a controller in a game-induced rage, so you know the guy cares about this. But I wasn’t terribly impressed by his performance against Lavine.
Trae Young looked to the naked eye like the best pure gamer in the field. He may not be the most experienced 2K player, but he’s got the requisite talent on the sticks to overcome that with pure technical excellence. I expect him to roll over Ayton, frankly, and perhaps the entire field. Right now you can get Young at around +500 to win the whole tournament and I think it’s a terrific value bet. I’ll take Trae Young to win this game.