EA Sports NBA Live 09 Season Simulation Predicts Lakers Will Win The Finals

October 28, 2008

EA SPORTS NBA LIVE 09 SEASON
SIMULATION PREDICTS LAKERS WILL WIN THE FINALS

An EA SPORTS videogame simulation of
the entire 2008–09 season using NBA LIVE 09 predicts that the Los Angeles Lakers
will reach The Finals for the second year in a row, this time emerging
victorious over the Miami Heat in six games. The 2008 NBA Champion Boston
Celtics remain a force, finishing third in the Eastern Conference with 44 wins
before getting upset in the Eastern Conference Finals by the Miami Heat. Despite
struggling throughout the 2007-08 season, the Heat advance to the NBA Finals for
the first time since their NBA Championship win in 2006.

NBA LIVE 09 simulation Award
Winners:

  • Houston Rockets’ Yao Ming
    completes an injury-free season and captures the MVP Award after posting 25.8
    ppg and 11.1 rpg.

  • Kobe Bryant of the championship
    winning Lakers leads the league in scoring with 27.9 ppg.

  • Rockets’ Ming, Lakers’ Bryant and
    Pau Gasol, Celtics’ Paul Pierce and the Denver Nuggets’ Allen Iverson complete
    the All-NBA First Team.

  • Memphis Grizzles’ OJ Mayo will
    take home Rookie of the Year honors.

  • Randy Foye of the Minnesota
    Timberwolves is awarded Most Improved Player Award.

  • In addition to capturing the NBA
    Championship, Lakers head coach Phil Jackson will take home Coach of the Year
    honors.

A simulation is conducted by
artificial intelligence or logic of the videogame that uses real-life data from
each player. Results are extrapolated by the videogame when two teams match up
based on player ratings, line combinations, and include variances such as
injuries and hot streaks to give a realistic outcome of a game or series.

Pre-season simulations make the
assumption that teams will stay healthy and play a season without any big
trades, which would alter the end result. NBA LIVE 09 can now be used as a
predictive throughout the season to simulate results of big match ups and the
rest of the season with authentic data driving the artificial intelligence.

Powered by Synergy Sports Technology
– the premier analytics provider of NBA data for more than 20 NBA teams –
Dynamic DNA emulates an NBA player with absolute precision. Synergy Sports
Technology indexes each possession of every NBA game in real time. This data
will drive the logic of the game and update every single day of the season to
reflect what you see on the court in your virtual experience. NBA LIVE 09 can
now be used as a legitimate predictive tool and will be made fresh daily, with
the start of the 2008-09 NBA season on October 28.


Final Regular
Season Standings:


Western
Conference                 W                     L                      Win %

1 Los
Angeles                           65                     17                    
0.793

2
Houston                                 59                    
23                     0.720

3
Dallas                                    54                    
28                     0.659

4 New
Orleans                           53                     29                    
0.646

5 Denver                                  
50                     32                     0.610

6 San
Antonio                           50                     32                    
0.610

7 LA
Clippers                            47                    
35                     0.573

8
Phoenix                                 46                    
35                     0.573

9
Utah                                       45                    
37                     0.549

10
Portland                               33                    
49                     0.402

11 Golden
State                        31                     51                     0.378

12
Memphis                              30                    
52                     0.366

13
Sacramento                          29                    
53                     0.354

14
Minnesota                            28                    
54                     0.341

15 Oklahoma
City                      23                     59                     0.280


 


Eastern
Conference                  W                     L                      Win %

1
Miami                                     55                    
27                     0.671

2
Detroit                                   48                    
34                     0.585

3
Boston                                   44                    
38                     0.537

4
Chicago                                 41                    
41                     0.500

5
Cleveland                               41                    
41                     0.500

6
Orlando                                  40                    
42                     0.488

7
Toronto                                  40                    
42                     0.488

8
Charlotte                                39                    
43                     0.476

9
Milwaukee                              37                    
45                     0.451

10 New
Jersey                           37                     45                    
0.451

11
Philadelphia                          37                    
45                     0.451

12
Atlanta                                 36                    
46                     0.439

13 New
York                              32                     50                    
0.390

14
Washington                          30                    
52                     0.355

15
Indiana                                 29                    
53                     0.354