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NBA2K Daily: The season goes on virtually with Tuesday's NBA schedule simulated on NBA 2K20

With the actual regular season suspended indefinitely, we're left without our daily NBA fix. In order to try and fill that vacancy in your life, we're here to give you a simulated version of the real NBA schedule on NBA 2K20 each day!

With the rest of last week unaccounted for, we're picking things up this week with daily updates to follow.

Below we have you covered with today's schedule, top performers, obscure stat lines, key results, other news and an updated playoff picture!

Key wins, losses, upsets

• In a close race to see who gets to get swept by the Bucks in the first round of the playoffs, the Magic are only a half-game ahead of the Nets for the No. 7 seed after letting Derrick Rose go 2011 on them with 37 points. If you let Detroit hang 130 points on you, you deserve the No. 8 seed.

• Let's all say thank you to the Grizzlies, who have allowed us to stay entertained in the race for the final playoff spot in the West. Falling at home to the Thunder while the Blazers picked up a big win means Memphis' hold on the No. 8 seed is down to just two games with 13 games left in the season. Sounds like Dame Time to me.

• The small-ball Rockets annihilated the supersized Cavaliers despite Andre Drummond, Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance Jr. combining for 45 rebounds. Even with the win, Houston is still 1.5 games back from hosting a playoff series against the "rebuilding" team they gifted four first-round picks to this offseason.

Top virtual performers

James Harden - 37 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists

Damian Lillard - 30 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds

Chris Paul - 28 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists

Derrick Rose - 37 points

Obscure stat lines

R.J. Barrett - 2-13 3PT. Just like New York weather this time of year: brick.

Jalen Brunson - 32 points, 6 assists. No, this was not simulated on NCAA Basketball 2018.

Other news

Nikola Mirotic signed with the Trail Blazers and the Bucks are extremely confused. I'm pretty sure that's cheating but who am I to argue with 2K's automated system? 26 points and nine rebounds in his debut; the Grizzlies' playoff hopes are trembling.

March 17 schedule

Detroit Pistons 130, Orlando Magic 101

Charlotte Hornets 123, New York Knicks 100

Houston Rockets 113, Cleveland Cavaliers 86

Oklahoma City Thunder 120, Memphis Grizzlies 112

Portland Trail Blazers 116, Minnesota Timberwolves 86

Dallas Mavericks 126, Sacramento Kings 115

Updated playoff race

Eastern Conference
Rank Team Record Win pct. Games back
1. Bucks 56-12 .824 -
2. Raptors 48-18 .727 7.0
3. Celtics 45-22 .672 10.5
4. Heat 43-25 .632 13.0
5. Pacers 40-26 .606 15.0
6. 76ers 40-27 .597 15.5
7. Magic 32-36 .471 24.0
8. Nets 31-36 .463 24.5
- Wizards 25-42 .373 30.5

Western Conference
Rank Team Record Win pct. Games back
1. Lakers 52-14 .788 -
2. Clippers 47-20 .701 5.5
3. Nuggets 45-22 .672 7.5
4. Thunder 43-25 .632 10.0
5. Rockets 41-26 .612 11.5
6. Jazz 41-27 .603 12.0
7. Mavericks 41-29 .586 13.0
8. Grizzlies 34-35 .493 19.5
- Blazers 32-37 .464 21.5
- Pelicans 30-38 .441 23.0
- Kings 29-38 .433 23.5
- Spurs 28-38 .424 24.0

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