Whiteside to represent Portland Trail Blazers in NBA 2K tournament

Hassan Whiteside vs Patrick Beverley For Portland Trail Blazers fans going out of their mind for NBA action, perhaps tonight’s NBA 2K tournament could help

The NBA remains on hiatus, but NBA 2K has teamed up with the league to try and fill the void in fans lives right now. Starting tonight on ESPN, 16 NBA players will enter into a 2K tournament, hoping to claim some virtual bragging rights.

To make it even better, the Portland Trail Blazers will have someone to root for! Hassan Whiteside, who has been touted as an experienced gamer before, will be representing the Blazers in the tournament, and has even picked Portland as one of his 8 teams available to use.


He’ll start off against Patrick Beverley, a game which will be sure to contain a huge amount of trash talk. Whiteside vs Pat Bev is scheduled for 10:30pm (ET), live on ESPN2, and is the 4th game that will be played tonight. Other matchups tonight include Kevin Durant vs Derrick Jones Jr, Zach LaVine vs Deandre Ayton, and Trae Young vs Harrison Barnes.

For this tournament, the first round will be single elimination, and then for the players who move on to round 2, the tournament will turn into a best of 3 format. Each player has chosen 8 teams to play with, but here’s the catch; a player can only use a team once. Once that team is used, it’ll be taken away. I’d say Whiteside has made some strong selections.

The Blazers are in there (obviously), and Whiteside has also gone with the Bucks, Clippers, Lakers, Raptors, Warriors, Pelicans and Rockets. I think it’s safe to say he’s not messing around.

To add to the excitement, sports bettors can even lay some money down on tonight’s action! Spreads, futures and even some props have been released for the tournament, with Devin Booker currently the favorite to win it all.

Hassan Whiteside is currently +135 to take down Pat Bev in round 1, with the spread currently set at 3.5. If you want to back Whiteside to go all the way, the big man is at +700 to win the title, which in my opinion is an absurd line for a guy we all know can seriously play 2K.

So if you’re up for some sport of basketball action, tune in to ESPN tonight!