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Sim Life with ‘NBA LIVE 18’: Lakers at Celtics, Timberwolves at Warriors

The game before the game … Lopez leads upset, Durant-less Dubs fall

Before we get into Wednesday night’s slate of games, we’ve gotta once again big up EA Sports and the NBA LIVE 18 team, as the game has a perfect 6-0 mark for predicting the winners for ESPN’s games. In typical Undefeated fashion, let’s see how these latest matchups will shake out.

Thursday night’s double is a good one, as Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers renew their rivalry with the red-hot Boston Celtics (8 p.m. EST), led by Kyrie Irving. The nightcap features the retooled Minnesota Timberwolves visiting the defending champion Golden State Warriors in Oakland, California (10:30 p.m. EST). Let’s see how the ball will bounce Thursday night.


Top things to 👀

  • Who’s the best rookie in L.A. — Kyle Kuzma or Ball?

  • Are the 5-5 Lakers worthy of being taken seriously?
  • Celtics have the best record in the league.

Lakers led from start to finish in a game that was nip and tuck but saw L.A. pull away late, thanks to the inside dominance of Brook Lopez. The big man scored 20 of his game-high 38 points in the second half as the Celtics saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end, 94-87.

Lopez was a force in the paint on the offensive end and was a rock on defense.

Kyrie Irving won the point guard scoring battle with Ball, 21-10, but hit just 7 of his 21 shots.

Ball finished with four assists in the win.



Top things to 👀

  • Minnesota’s first five-game win streak since January 2009.
  • No KD

The red-hot Wolves take advantage of the Warriors missing Durant by jumping on Karl-Anthony Town’s broad shoulders and walking away with a 104-96 win at Oracle.

The Dubs couldn’t shake Minnesota despite Steph Curry’s hot shooting from the outside, which resulted in 34 points.

Towns had plenty of help from his teammates.

*This is a different simulation from the one posted earlier due to Kevin Durant being ruled out of tonight’s game.

Liner Notes

Peep both of these games on ESPN, or if you are out and about, lock in with the ESPN App.

Marcus Matthews is the senior manager over social content for Andscape, tasked with developing strategy, overseeing special projects and establishing synergy opportunities in the social lane for the site. He’s a PG County, Maryland, native and a fan of the Washington Commanders, Georgetown Hoyas and Los Angeles Lakers.