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NBL Oz Gaming vs Raptors Uprising GC


As the newest franchise in the NBA 2K League, NBL Oz Gaming is looking to burst onto the scene and come out with a win as their inaugural season gets underway. After inconsistency at times with Cavs Legion and Nets GC last season, Jyden heads into this season with a huge opportunity to prove himself after he was taken in the most recent NBA 2K League Expansion Draft. The question remains, will Jyden be able to step up under the spotlight and perform under pressure or will Raptors Uprising GC be able to spoil the hype of NBL Oz Gaming’s inaugural game in the NBA 2K League?


Raptors Uprising GC comes into 2023 after a season full of turmoil in 2022. After hiring Head Coach Roy Krishnan, Raptors Uprising GC hit the reset button on their entire roster. With Gazuli now leading the way for Raptors Uprising GC in 3’s this season, the opportunity to push himself into the upper echelon of guards in the league is very much on the table. Additionally, they bring in Haam who will most certainly bolster their defense this year, but two questions remain, how will this group gel in threes, and who comes out on top as the new era of Raptors Uprising GC begins.


Pistons GT vs Cavs Legion GC


Pistons GT storms into the 2023 season of the NBA 2K League fresh off of winning the NBA 2K League 3v3 Championships last season with Ramo, Bagmotion and Ant. With the same core three returning, the question is, will they able to continue to ride the momentum into the upcoming season or will there be a championship hangover in Detroit? With such a prolific scoring guard in Ant, combined with his unorthodox style of play, will defensive woes hinder Cavs Legion GC in this matchup, or will Cavs Legion GC come into this matchup with upset on their mind and find a way to knock off the defending NBA 2K League 3v3 Champions?


Cavs Legion GC heads into season six with a team that appears to be in win now mode. With Antoine seemingly needing to put together a consistent season, there’s no better time to start than right away vs Pistons GT. With Cavs Legion GC bringing in an elite lockdown defender in Sub Goated to anchor the defense, Cavs Legion should be solid on the defensive side of the ball this year. For me, this series comes down to Antoine hitting his open jumpshots. If he’s able to light it up from beyond the arc and give Bag a run for his money, this series will go down to the wire. Who comes out on top?


Hawks Talon GC vs Kings Guard Gaming


Hawks Talon GC strolls into the upcoming season fresh off of an appearance in the NBA 2K League 3v3 Championships in 2022. In this matchup we will likely see the debut of number one overall pick, MDS. With Ceez and MDS likely in the backcourt for this matchup, this is a duo that can light up the scoreboard at any given moment, causing several potential problems for Kings Guard Gaming in this matchup. Some questions remain for this Hawks Talon GC squad – can they correct their consistency issues that plagued them at certain points last season and how do they continue to push the momentum forward after a successful season last year? A win against Kings Guard Gaming on Thursday night will help them start the season off strong.


Kings Guard Gaming heads into the NBA 2K League season looking to right the wrongs from last season. With point guard Regg likely leading the way for Kings Guard Gaming, Hawks Talon GC will have a tough test defensively as they figure out how to throw Regg off of his game. The biggest question of them all is will Bray be able to step up and wreak havoc defensively against MVP caliber point guard Ceez, or will the rookie crack under pressure in the first series of his career? 


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