Welcome in the weekend with a loaded NBA slate.
There are a total of 11 games to look forward to on Friday, Nov. 12. Two of them will be on ESPN — the Bucks and Celtics will face off at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the Bulls taking on the Warriors at 10:00 p.m. — leaving the other nine for League Pass.
The action begins with a matchup between the Knicks and Hornets and ends with a big man battle between Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Davis.
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League Pass spotlight: Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies
If you particularly enjoy watching rookie showdowns, Pistons (Cade Cunningham) vs. Cavaliers (Evan Mobley) will be worth checking out. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with Suns vs. Grizzlies.
The draw is a matchup between two of the league’s best point guards in Chris Paul and Ja Morant. Paul has, of course, been doing his thing for well over a decade now, whereas Morant is just getting started. He enters this matchup with averages of 26.5 points, 7.3 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game on the season. He’s powered the Grizzlies to a 6-5 start, putting them half a game behind the Lakers for the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference.
Paul and Morant have faced each other six times in their careers heading into Friday’s meeting. They’ve won three games each, Paul posting averages of 18.0 points and 6.8 assists to Morant’s 15.8 points and 6.3 assists.
There’s no shortage of talent outside of those two. The Suns could be without Deandre Ayton again, but few players can get buckets like Devin Booker and Mikal Bridges is one of the league’s premier 3-and-D wings. The Grizzlies have some intriguing young talent themselves. Following a promising rookie season, Desmond Bane has bumped his scoring average to 15.0 points per game to start the season. Jaren Jackson Jr. hasn’t been efficient, shooting only 38.5 percent from the field, but he’s one of the more intriguing young bigs in the league today.
The Grizzlies also welcomed Dillon Brooks back in their loss to the Hornets. In 26 minutes, he finished with 20 points and six assists.
This will be another good test for a Grizzlies team that is looking to make some noise this season.
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