After going 3-1 last week, NetsGC enters a less busy but equally challenging schedule in week six as it faces off against two above-.500 teams in both Hawks Talon GC and Kings Guard Gaming.
Brooklyn swept Magic Gaming and Heat Check Gaming in week five, before beating Celtics Crossover Gaming in three games, then dropping its lone series to Raptors Uprising GC to help improve its record to 3-2 on the season. In week six, the team looks to carry that momentum against a pair of two-loss opponents.
They’ll start with a Tuesday showdown against Hawks Talon GC, who sit alongside NetsGC with a 3-2 record. Atlanta has exceeded many expectations with its start, most notably pulling off a 2-0 sweep of defending champions T-Wolves Gaming in the opening week of the season—still Minnesota’s only loss to date. Since that debut, the team has also picked up wins against Grizz Gaming and Pacers Gaming, with its two losses coming at the hands of Mavs Gaming and the league-leading Raptors.
Hawks Talon GC’s engine is undoubtedly its point guard, 2019 MVP finalist and Rookie of the Year runner-up, BP. The team shipped off its franchise cornerstone, Dat Boy Shotz, along with multiple picks—including this year’s third overall selection—to Kings Guard Gaming in order to acquire BP, one of the most-feared guards in the league due to his dribbling skills paired with the ability to put defenders in a trance as he strings together moves.
BP’s numbers haven’t quite matched the production of the league’s upper echelon of point guards, averaging 26.9 points and 6.6 assists per game on just under 50% shooting, but the Hawks team around him has been able to make up the difference. Kel in particular has had a breakout year, averaging 18.7 points per game after an inconsistent rookie season that saw the sharpshooter traded from Grizz Gaming to Magic Gaming. The NetsGC defense will have to key in on the opposing backcourt to get the stops it needs in order to secure a win.
On Thursday, NetsGC faces another tough opponent in Kings Guard Gaming. The 5-2 Kings are one of the best in the league this season, dropping games only to the undefeated Warriors Gaming Squad and a 5-2 Mavs Gaming team. Coming off a win over Blazer5 Gaming in week five, Sacramento has plenty to be confident about heading into its matchup with Brooklyn.
The Kings haven’t lost a beat since trading the aforementioned BP. First-round pick Bash has stepped in admirably to fill the point guard role, averaging 24.2 points and 6.3 assists per game. Dat Boy Shotz continues to dominate the league while playing on his third team in three seasons, and spending time at both power forward and center for the versatile Kings Guard Gaming team. Per game, he stuffs the stat sheet with 10.7 points, 11.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 2.1 steals, and 1.4 blocks on 67% shooting.
On the defensive end, Choc must find a way to get by Kings Guard Gaming’s third overall pick, Crush. This rookie has lived up to his pre-draft hype, causing problems for opposing point guards with his lockdown defense. Alongside him is 2019 All-NBA 2K League Defensive Team honoree Yusuf_Scarbz. No matter where the big man lines up, Brooklyn will have to gameplan around Sacramento’s stellar individual and team defense.
NetsGC’s showdown with Hawks Talon GC is Tuesday, June 9 at 9 p.m. ET, while the team’s series against Kings Guard Gaming is Thursday, June 11 at 9 p.m. Both series will be on ESPN2 and the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels.