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What to watch on NBA League Pass for the week of Nov. 5- Nov. 11

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While 17 games are scheduled to broadcast on national TV from Nov. 5-Nov. 11, there are a number of high-quality matchups that can be found exclusively on NBA League Pass over the course of the week.

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From the must-see team of the week to the biggest games of each night, check below for the week ahead on NBA League Pass.

All times Eastern.

Team to watch: Denver Nuggets

Monday, Nov. 5 vs. Boston, 9 p.m. | Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Memphis, 8 p.m. | Friday, Nov. 9 vs. Brooklyn, 9 p.m. | Sunday, Nov. 11 vs. Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

Denver enters the week at 8-1 - tied for best start in franchise history (1976-77) - and has proven to be among the class of the Western Conference thus far. The Nuggets are also the only team to have defeated the defending champion Warriors in the young season.

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It starts on defence for Denver, whose Defensive Rating of 100.9 is the league's third-best behind only Milwaukee and Boston. On the other end of the floor, the team has plenty of star power to provide excitement.

Through nine games, Nuggets 23-year-old rising superstar centre Nikola Jokic has proven to be a threat to record a triple-double on any given night by averaging 18.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 7.7 assists per contest. Jokic leads a young core that also features 24-year-old Gary Harris (18.9 ppg) and 21-year-old Jamal Murray (15.7 ppg). 13-year veteran Paul Millsap has served as the perfect complementary frontcourt piece alongside Jokic and is averaging 13.0 points and 7.4 rebounds in 27.0 minutes of action per game.

Denver has largely done it by committee, as starting small forward Will Barton underwent hip and core surgery two games into the season that will keep him sidelined for at least five more weeks. In his absence, the team has benefitted from the contributions of Malik Beasley, Torrey Craig and Monte Morris on the perimeter while Juancho Hernangomez, Trey Lyles, and Mason Plumlee have all played big roles on the inside.

The Nuggets take the floor four times this week, with three of four games taking place at the Pepsi Center where the team has been dominant over the past two years. Dating back to last season, Denver is 36-10 at home and looks to continue that dominance when Boston, Brooklyn and Milwaukee visit. The Nuggets' lone road contest of the week comes against a much-improved Grizzlies team in Memphis.

Best Games of the Week

Monday, Nov. 5: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 8 p.m.

Anthony Davis and the Pelicans try to get back on track while Russell Westbrook and the Thunder look to continue their winning ways. Oklahoma City enters the week on a four-game win streak after losing its first four games while New Orleans enters the week on a five-game losing streak after winning its first four games.

Tuesday, Nov. 6: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 10 p.m.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (26.1 ppg, 13.9 rpg, 5.9 apg) and the Bucks head to Portland for the first stop of a four-game Western Conference road trip. It's the fourth game of a six-game homestand for the Blazers, who are coming off of a dominant win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Wednesday, Nov. 7: Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz, 9 p.m.

Donovan Mitchell's status is up in the air due to a sprained ankle, but there is the potential of an intriguing matchup of young stars when rookie sensation Luka Doncic and the Mavericks visit Vivint Smart Home Arena Wednesday.

Thursday, Nov. 8: Boston Celtics vs. Phoenix Suns, 9 p.m.

It's always must-see basketball when Devin Booker and the Suns take on the Boston Celtics. Booker scored a career-high 70 points on the Celtics in 2017 and averages 30.8 points per game against the team for his career.

Friday, Nov. 9: Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Sacramento Kings, 10 p.m.

Behind the play of second-year guard De'Aaron Fox, the Kings have been an early surprise, winning six of their first 10 games. Sacramento looks to continue its solid play when Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves visit the Golden1 Center.

Saturday, Nov. 10: Brooklyn Nets vs. Golden State Warriors, 8:30 p.m.

This is the second of two meetings between the Nets and Warriors, who met nearly two weeks prior at the Barclays Center on Sunday, Oct. 28. In Brooklyn, Stephen Curry sank seven 3-pointers en route to a 35-point performance and the Warriors earned a six-point win. Curry is liable for a big night…or Kevin Durant…or Klay Thompson.

Sunday, Nov. 11: Boston Celtics vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 9 p.m.

The Celtics conclude a four-game road trip when they visit the Moda Center on Sunday night to take on the Trail Blazers. The point guard battle between former rookies of the year Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving will be worth the watch. So far in their careers, Lillard has the slight edge, winning four of seven meetings.

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