NBA Games to Watch: Friday, March 18

 | March 18, 2022

With over ten games happening on Friday night, which ones should you keep an eye on?

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Friday's are usually a big night for the NBA and tonight is no different. Multiple teams will face off in games that could determine positioning in the Eastern and Western Conference. The question is, which ones will be the most entertaining?

Out of the ten, we have three games that you'll want to watch if you plan on keeping up with everything happening in the NBA. We'll get started with the first game to kick off Friday night, the Dallas Mavericks at Philadelphia 76ers.

Dallas Mavericks at Philadelphia 76ers: 4:00 PM PT

Starting off our list is a match between Luka Doncic and Joel Embiid. Each of these teams is towards the top of their respective conferences and looking to improve their positioning. The Mavericks, unfortunately, are missing a few players in this game, including Reggie Bullock. They'll also need to find a way to slow down James Harden and Joel Embiid.

The last time these two teams played, the Mavericks did a good job at this. They beat the 76ers 107-98, but the Mavericks were at home in this game as well. This time, they'll travel to the 76ers and they come in as 2.5-point underdogs. With each team coming off of a win, you won't want to miss out on this one.

Denver Nuggets at Cleveland Cavaliers: 4:30 PM PT

This game could easily turn into a defensive battle as the Denver Nuggets face the Cleveland Cavaliers. Nikola Jokic will be the player to watch for the Nuggets in this one. In their most recent game against the Wizards, Jokic put up 29 points with 13 rebounds, leading the team to a 127-109 win. He'll look to overwhelm the interior of the Cavaliers tonight.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have the league's third-best defense in points allowed. However, this defense has taken a big step back in recent weeks. They most recently faced the Philadelphia 76ers and lost 118-114 after not being able to stop Joel Embiid. Considering they're facing Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets, it'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

Chicago Bulls at Phoenix Suns: 7:00 PM PT

The final game to close out the night could be the most entertaining one as well. The Chicago Bulls, desperate for a win, head to Phoenix to take on the Suns. Unfortunately for the Bulls, the Suns are easily the best team in the NBA. Chicago will need to pull out all the stops here, especially after losing two straight games.

The Phoenix Suns have already claimed their spot in the NBA Playoffs, so they don't "need" to win. However, this team has won three straight games with no signs of slowing down. Led by Devin Booker, the offense averages 114.49 points per game, ranking 5th in the NBA. This game is guaranteed to have some high-flying action with all the superstars taking the court. Don't miss your chance to watch this one. 

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Ricky Gray

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