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Suns, NBA Champs?

Gilbert Arenas, coverboy of EA Sports NBA Live '08, was already a little upset that he only got a 91 rating on the game, but he might be a little ticked that the video game's simulation for the 2007-08 NBA season has the Wizards again failing to get out of the first round. Yes, the simulation had the Wizards finishing the season 46-36, winning the Southeast Division and the third seed in the Eastern Conference. But it also has the Wiz kids losing to the sixth seeded Miami Heat in seven games.

According to the simulation released by EA Sports, the Phoenix Suns will win the NBA championship by defeating the Boston Celtics in seven games. Steve Nash will supposedly win the NBA Finals MVP after averaging 20 points and 11.7 assists. I'd love to see that in June, but I'm not quite so sure.

NBA Live has Dwyane Wade winning the regular season MVP (I wonder if it took into account that Wade might miss the first month - at least - of the season recovering from knee and shoulder injuries), Ben Wallace winning defensive player of the year (um, are Marcus Camby, Tyson Chandler and Bruce Bowen still around?), Kevin Durant winning rookie of the year (no argument here) and Minnesota's Randy Foye winning most improved award (I'd go with his teammate Al Jefferson or Toronto's Andrea Bargnani or Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge).

How accurate have NBA Live's predictions been in the past? Not very. In the previous two seasons it has been wrong about the NBA champion (San Antonio in 2006 and Dallas in 2007) and the regular season MVP (Allen Iverson - huh? - in 2006 and Kevin Garnett - what? - in 2007), among others. The simulation has been right, though, when it comes to the Eastern Conference representative in the Finals, picking Miami and Cleveland the past two seasons. Does this mean that you should put your money on Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce? Not really. It's just an interesting note.

What team do you see winning it all?

By Michael Lee  |  October 19, 2007; 1:44 PM ET
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