Get ready for the weekend with an 11-game slate on Friday.
Here's the full schedule, biggest storylines and optimal viewing plan to get you ready for the star-studded action.
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|Game||Time||U.S. | Canadian Broadcast|
|Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Charlotte Hornets||7:00 p.m.||League Pass|
|New York Knicks vs. Washington Wizards||7:00 p.m.||League Pass|
|San Antonio Spurs vs. Atlanta Hawks||7:30 p.m.||League Pass | TSN 1/4|
|New Orleans Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks||7:30 p.m.||ESPN | SN One|
|LA Clippers vs. Chicago Bulls||8:00 p.m.||League Pass|
|Detroit Pistons vs. Boston Celtics||8:00 p.m.||League Pass|
|Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets||9:00 p.m.||League Pass | NBA TV Canada|
|Milwaukee Bucks vs. Utah Jazz||9:00 p.m.||League Pass|
|Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Lakers||10:00 p.m.||ESPN | SN One|
|Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Portland Trail Blazers||10:00 p.m.||League Pass|
|Orlando Magic vs. Sacramento Kings||10:00 p.m.||League Pass|
All times listed are Eastern Standard Time
Games on Sportsnet, TSN and NBA TV Canada are not available live on League Pass
A battle between two of the best
The Bucks (16-9) and Jazz (20-5) meet for the second time this season. The Bucks enter the matchup with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference while the Jazz enter with the best record in the Western Conference, holding a 0.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Lakers. It will be a statement win for whichever team walks away victorious.
A rookie showdown
Two of the best rookies face off when the Hornets host the Timberwolves. NBA.com's Kyle Irving ranked Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball first in his latest Rookie Ladder, whereas Timberwolves rookie Edwards ranked fourth.
Edwards has picked up his play since being inserted into the starting lineup, averaging 16.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists on .434/.350/.750 shooting splits over his last seven games.
ANT.- Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) February 9, 2021
CLEAN UP ON AISLE 3. pic.twitter.com/dpCLojXTxn
De'Aaron Fox's All-Star push continues
Fox has been on fire lately. He's scored 30 or more points in four of his last six games, including a 38-point, 12-assist double-double to lift the Kings over the Pelicans to kick off the month of February.
All we can say is…- Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) February 2, 2021
🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 @swipathefox #NBAAllStar 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/55H6ElBaFo
The Kings are now 12-12 on the season due in large part to Fox's play, sitting in 10th place in the Western Conference. His All-Star case is growing by the day.
Optimal Viewing Plan
7:00-7:30 p.m. - Start with Timberwolves-Hornets. Karl-Anthony Towns is back in action for Minnesota and Charlotte's LaMelo Ball has been must-see TV lately. Since being inserted into the starting lineup, Ball is averaging 21.7 points, 6.3 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game.
7:30-9:00 p.m. - Switch over to Pelicans-Mavericks to watch some of the league's brightest young stars take the court in Luka Doncic, Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram. Doncic will almost certainly be an All-Star this season while both Williamson and Ingram have a strong case. This should be a fun one.
9:00-11:30 p.m. - Settle in for Bucks-Jazz to see two of the best teams in the league go head-to-head. Giannis Antetokounmpo went off for 35 points and eight rebounds in the first meeting between the Bucks and Jazz this season, but Utah walked away with a 13-point win. The Bucks are coming off of a tough loss to the Phoenix Suns and the Jazz have won five straight.
11:30-Bedtime - Grizzlies-Lakers, Cavaliers-Blazers and Magic-Kings should all be nearing the fourth quarter at this point. Check on Magic-Kings for an opportunity to watch Fox play, especially if it's going down to the wire. Fox leads all players in clutch scoring this season with 63 points on 46.0 percent shooting from the field. He's been at his best with the game on the line.
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