97-98 Chicago Bulls vs. 15-16 Golden State Warriors - 5/17/20 NBA2K NBA Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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97-98 Chicago Bulls at 15-16 Golden State Warriors
NBA2k Sim: Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 6:00 pm
The Line: 15-16 Golden State Warriors -4.5 -- Over/Under: 220.5
The 97-98 Chicago Bulls and 15-16 Golden State Warriors meet Sunday afternoon in a NBA2K simulation game.
The 15-16 Golden State Warriors were ranked 83 overall with a 63 inside scoring rating and a 88 outside scoring rating. The 15-16 Golden State Warriors have three players ranked in the 90s overall in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Curry has a three point shot rating of 99 and Thompson has a three point rating of 97. Andre Iguodala is ranked 81 overall with an 80 driving dunk rating and Harrison Barnes has an 80 overall rating with a 85 three point shot. Andrew Bogut, Shaun Livingston, Leandro Barbosa and Anderson Varejao provide the Warriors depth, as they’re all ranked in the mid 70s overall. The 15-16 Golden State Warriors are the team that won 73 games, and while they didn’t win the NBA title, they’re one of the best scoring teams ever and have deadly outside shooting that makes them a nightmare matchup in this video game.
The 97-98 Chicago Bulls were ranked 80 overall with a 77 inside scoring rating and a 80 outside scoring rating. This is the Bulls team you’re watching on ESPN’s Last Dance, so it obviously goes as far as Michael Jordan carries it, as he’s ranked 98 overall with an 81 rated three point shot and a 80 driving dunk rating. Scottie Pippen brings in a 89 overall rating with a 77 three point shot and Dennis Rodman is rated 85 overall wit ha 65 driving dunk rating. The depth of the 97-98 Chicago Bulls comes with Ron Harper who is rated 79 overall and Toni Kukoc who is rated 78 overall with an 80 rated three point shot. We also can’t overlook Steve Kerr and his 90 rated three point shot. The 97-98 Chicago Bulls ratings kind of fall off after those handful of players, but there’s no denying they have a three-headed monster and sometimes that’s all you need to be effective in the video game world.
People often ask which team was better in those 90s Bulls and the recent Warriors, and now we'll get somewhat of an answer, even if it's a one game simulation. The answer here should be the Warriors, as they were deeper, had elite outside shooting and their effort defensively holds true against any other champion in NBA history. The 15-16 Golden State Warriors didn't win a title the year, but they're still arguably the best team ever and does have the best regular season record with 73 wins.
The 97-98 Chicago Bulls lack the depth and the outside shooting to hang around in this game. Give me the Warriors.