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How to watch Mystics vs. Sparks NBA 2K simulation with Aerial Powers and Ariel Atkins

How to watch Mystics vs. Sparks NBA 2K simulation with Aerial Powers and Ariel Atkins

With the 2020 WNBA season on hold, the Mystics will have to wait a little longer before they can defend their title.

So for now, they'll defend it on the virtual court against some of the league's best teams in NBA 2K simulations. The last simulation featured special guest, head coach Mike Thibault and this time around, Mystics fans will be treated once again. 

On Wednesday at 6 p.m. tune in to NBC Sports Washington to watch a Mystics vs. Sparks simulation featuring guest appearances from Aerial Powers and Ariel Atkins. Here's everything you need to know to watch.

How to Watch: Mystics-Sparks 2K simulation

Who: Washington Mystics vs. LA Sparks

When: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 6 p.m.

Where: NBC Sports Washington (channel finder) or streaming on the MyTeams app

Guest: Mystics players Aerial Powers and Ariel Atkins

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How to watch: Mystics vs. Sun 2019 WNBA Finals simulation with Elena Delle Donne, Aerial Powers

How to watch: Mystics vs. Sun 2019 WNBA Finals simulation with Elena Delle Donne, Aerial Powers

The result is already cemented. The Mystics won the 2019 WNBA title with a 3-2 series victory over the Connecticut Sun, and the franchise secured its first championship. 

But while the Mystics are enjoying their spot as the reigning champions, it comes at an odd time in the sports world. There's been positive news — the team just acquired former league MVP, Tina Charles, in April — but the WNBA postponed the May 15 start date to the regular season. 

So as we approach what should have been the start of Washington's title defense, we will first look back. On Wednesday night, NBC Sports Washington will air an NBA 2K simulation — in WNBA mode — of the finals between the Mystics and Sun. The format will be similar to the 2K simulation broadcasts of the Wizards' remaining regular-season games after the sports shutdown. 

Mystics stars Elena Delle Donne and Aerial Powers will join the broadcast to provide special commentary. Following the WNBA simulation, NBC Sports Washington will air a live NBA 2K League game between Wizards District Gaming and Raptors Uprising GC. 

Here's everything you need to know for Wednesday night's basketball action.

When:

Wednesday, May 6, at 6 p.m. ET

Where:

  • NBC Sports Washington (channel finder
  • Any of our 24/7 authenticated streaming platforms

Broadcast schedule

6:00 PM: NBA2K20 — WNBA Mode: Connecticut Sun @ Mystics (P)

7:00 PM: NBA 2K League: Wizards District Gaming vs. Raptors Uprising GC

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Rui Hachimura fuels Wizards' win over Pacers in final NBA 2K simulation

Rui Hachimura fuels Wizards' win over Pacers in final NBA 2K simulation

On a day that should have been the final game of the regular season for the Wizards, that is, before the NBA season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Washington wrapped up its slate of NBA 2K simulations with an impressive victory over the Pacers. 

There was a slower tempo to the game, Victor Oladipo struggled shooting the ball and Bradley Beal and Rui Hachimura paced the Wizards' offense once again. 

The Wizards finished 10-3 in the 2K simulations with Wednesday's 69-57 win over Indiana, so let's get into how Washington got another win. 

Grinding out a win

As we've already stated, this game was a bit slower than usual, so there was a good chance that whoever controlled the rebounding battle would ultimately win the game. That's exactly what happened. 

Washington outrebounded the Pacers 42-36 and was led in that department by Thomas Bryant, who collected 14 rebounds in 22 minutes of action. Moe Wagner also chipped in with his patented hustle play on the offensive glass. 

It also helps in a grind-it-out type of game to get to the free-throw line as much as possible. The Wizards went 14-of-14 from the line and Indiana was a measly 3-for-4. The Wizards ultimately won by 18, so the disparity at the charity stripe certainly played a key role in the result here. 

Timely offense

Offense was hard to come by for both teams Wednesday night so all it took to win the game was the right run at the right time.

The Wizards ended up going on such a run when it mattered most, outscoring the Pacers in the fourth quarter 20-13 and shooting 50% from the floor in the final frame. It also helps that Washington made five of their last six shots. 

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Rui Hachimura was strong once again, scoring 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, and Jerome Robinson was really good as well with 10 points in 19 minutes. The two players combined for 12 of the team's 20 points in the fourth quarter. 

Oladipo struggles

Everything that happens with the Pacers on either end of the floor typically starts and ends with Victor Oladipo. The All-Star wing struggled mightily from the floor in this one, making just two of his nine attempts for just four points. 

With Oladipo not being able to generate offense, Indiana turned to TJ Warren, a talented yet inefficient scoring option. Warren led the way for the Pacers with 14 points in 18 minutes, though it wasn't enough to keep the Wizards from taking this game. 

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