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

With the 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

• The highly anticipated first meeting between the Celtics and Kyrie Irving went in Boston's favour despite 34 points from their former superstar guard. The Celtics were able to prevent Caris LeVert from looking like Michael Jordan this time around and now they're just two games back from the Toronto Raptors for the No. 2 seed in the East with 12 games to go.

• With a 76ers win and Pacers loss, Philly is now just a half-game back from jumping Indy for the No. 5 seed in the East. Both the Raptors and Celtics watch from afar, hoping they won't have to deal with a fully healthy Sixers squad in the first round.

• The New Orleans Pelicans were already up against a wall to try and make one last playoff push, but those hopes are just about gone. Their last hope was to beat the No. 8 seed Memphis Grizzlies and go on a run to end the season, but they responded by getting absolutely destroyed by 36 points. That Zion Williamson versus LeBron James first round matchup would've been cool, but who's excited for Jonas Valanciunas versus JaVale McGee?

Top virtual performers

Giannis Antetokounmpo - 36 points, 18 rebounds

Devin Booker - 39 points, 4 assists

Stephen Curry - 31 points, 7 assists

Andre Drummond - 20 points (9-10 FG), 21 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals

LeBron James - 33 points, 14 assists, 10 rebounds

Collin Sexton - 33 points, 5 assists

Jonas Valanciunas - 32 points, 16 rebounds, 2 blocks

Obscure stat lines

Michael Carter-Williams - 25 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds. MCW acting like it's 2013 again.

Bismack Biyombo - 2 rebounds, 11 blocks. Biyombo hosted a block party in Charlotte but allowed the Lakers centres to combine for 33 rebounds. You win some, you lose some.

March 21 schedule

Boston Celtics 123, Brooklyn Nets 114

Cleveland Cavaliers 121, Indiana Pacers 103

Orlando Magic 101, Sacramento Kings 100

Philadelphia 76ers 133, Atlanta Hawks 120

Los Angeles Lakers 119, Charlotte Hornets 114

Golden State Warriors 105, New York Knicks 79

Houston Rockets 103, Chicago Bulls 101

Milwaukee Bucks 122, Washington Wizards 111

Memphis Grizzlies 128, New Orleans Pelicans 92

Phoenix Suns 111, Dallas Mavericks 106

Updated playoff race

Eastern Conference
Rank Team Record Win pct. Games back
1. Bucks 57-13 .814 -
2. Raptors 49-19 .721 7.0
3. Celtics 48-22 .686 9.0
4. Heat 44-26 .629 13.0
5. Pacers 41-28 .594 15.5
6. 76ers 41-29 .586 16.0
7. Magic 33-37 .471 24.0
8. Nets 32-37 .464 24.5
- Wizards 25-45 .357 32.0

Western Conference
Rank Team Record Win pct. Games back
1. Lakers 54-14 .794 -
2. Clippers 47-22 .681 7.5
3. Nuggets 46-23 .667 8.5
4. Thunder 44-26 .629 11.0
5. Rockets 43-26 .623 11.5
6. Jazz 42-28 .600 13.0
7. Mavericks 41-31 .569 15.0
8. Grizzlies 36-35 .507 19.5
- Blazers 33-37 .471 22.0
- Spurs 30-38 .441 24.0
- Pelicans 30-40 .429 25.0
- Kings 29-40 .420 25.5

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