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What to watch on NBA League Pass for the week of Nov. 19-Nov. 25

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While there are 14 games scheduled to broadcast on national TV from Nov. 19-Nov. 25, there are even more must-see games that can only be found on NBA League pass throughout the week.

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From the team of the week to some of the biggest matchups, check below for the week ahead on NBA League Pass.

All times Eastern.

Team to watch: Sacramento Kings

Monday, Nov. 19 vs. Oklahoma City, 10 p.m | Wednesday, Nov. 21 at Utah, 9 p.m. | Saturday, Nov. 24 at Golden State, 8:30 p.m. | Sunday, Nov. 25 vs. Utah, 8 p.m.

Sacramento has been a pleasant surprise early on in the 2018-19 season, thanks to its exciting young roster, the Kings boast an 8-8 record through the first 16 games of the year - an improvement from their 4-12 record through 16 games last season.

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It's largely in part to their youth, the Kings have the league's second-highest pace (106.25), creating extra possessions by forcing the fourth-most turnovers per game (17.3) while ranking top-10 in steals per game (8.6). Sacramento's defence translates to offence as it is first in the league in fast-break points per game (22.9) and fourth in points off turnovers (20.8). The Kings' uptempo style is becoming one of the most fun to watch in the league.

The leader of Sacramento's resurgence is 20-year-old point guard De'Aaron Fox, who is averaging 19.0, 7.0 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in his second season. The youthful roster also features third-year guard Buddy Hield (18.8 ppg, 43.7 3P%), fourth-year center Willie Cauley-Stein (15.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg), second-year guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (12.2 ppg, 2.6 apg) and rookie forward Marvin Bagley III (11.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg). Free agency acquisition Nemanja Bjelica has been an important veteran presence for the young team, as he is averaging 11.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists while starting alongside Cauley-Stein in the frontcourt.

Head coach Dave Joerger deserves plenty of credit as he has done a great job of putting each of the Kings' unique pieces in position to succeed. Following Sacramento's five-point win over San Antonio on Nov. 12, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich attributed the shift in the Kings culture to Joerger and General Manager Vlade Divac.

High praise from Pop only comes when warranted.

This week, the Kings take the floor four times - two at home and two on the road. Sacramento opens the week by hosting Oklahoma City before travelling to two tough road environments in Utah on Wednesday and Golden State on Saturday. The Kings return home Sunday for its second meeting of the week (and third of the season) with the Jazz.

Best Games of the Week

Point guard battle: Monday, Nov. 19 - Boston Celtics vs. Charlotte Hornets, 7:00 p.m.

Kyrie Irving, who is averaging a team-high 22.1 points per game, is just a few days removed from a 43-point performance in a Celtics win on Friday. Kemba Walker, who is the league's second-leading scorer at 28.7 points per game, is fresh off of a career-high 60 points in a Hornets loss to the Sixers Saturday.

It's a guaranteed show when two of the league's most prolific point guards face off.

Battle of the Bigs: Wednesday, Nov. 21 - Philadelphia 76ers vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 8:00 p.m.

After facing 2018 No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton, Joel Embiid and the Sixers host New Orleans and 2012 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis. It will be just the fourth meeting between two of the league's best young centres. Embiid currently holds a 2-1 edge over Davis, who will look to even things up.

LeBron comes home: Wednesday, Nov. 21 - Los Angeles Lakers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 8:00 p.m.

The Kid from Akron returns to Northeast Ohio to face the franchise he spent 11 seasons with for the first time since leaving to join the Lakers this past offseason. After bringing Cleveland its first professional title in over 50 years, the one overarching theme on Wednesday will likely be that of appreciation, as it will be an emotional night for the home crowd.

LaVine returns to Minny: Saturday, Nov. 24 - Chicago Bulls vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 8:00 p.m.

After spending three seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, guard Zach LaVine was traded to Chicago on draft night in 2017. In his first game back in Minnesota as a visitor, LaVine put up an impressive line with 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

This season, the Bulls guard is averaging a career-high 25.3 points per game and will certainly look to continue his scoring ways against his old team.

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