Worth Watching: John Wall faces Russell Westbrook in speed-force duel

AP Photo/Alonzo Adams
AP Photo/Alonzo Adams

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Sacramento Kings at Philadelphia 76ers: Big men on little teams doing wonders

7 p.m ET, League Pass

The game between these two teams is about as meaningless as any on the state. The Kings and 76ers have a combined 11 wins between the two of them — nine teams match that individually. In fact, you could make the argument that the winner of the contest will ultimately be the loser, as with neither team having a prayer at the postseason, draft position is preferable, even at this point in the season. Although, the Sixers have the right to swap picks with the Kings this year, so maybe they’re the only winners here no matter what.

However, from an individual standpoint, DeMarcus Cousins and Joel Embiid are two of the best big men in the game today. Cousins is averaging 28.7 points, 10.4 boards and 3.2 dimes per game. Embiid has been on a minutes restriction, but with 28.6 points, 12.2 boards and 3.8 blocks per 36 minutes, he’s arguably been just as effective while on the court.

Both bigs can shoot the deep from ball, too, with Cousins boasting a 39.0 three-point percentage and Embiid knocking down half of his 30 tries on the season.

This should be fun to watch, just based on that individual matchup.

New York Knicks at Minnesota Timberwolves: The KAT vs. KP rivalry starts second chapter

8 p.m. ET, League Pass

The Knicks and Timberwolves are in a similar situation with last year’s two elite big-man rookies colliding for the first time in their sophomore year in the first of a back-to-back with the two teams squaring off again on Friday night.

Last season, Towns dominated the two head-to-heads, averaging 24.5 points and 9.5 boards to Porzingis’ 8.5 and 4.0. And no surprise, the Timberwolves won both games as a result of it.

This year, Porzingis is averaging 20.9 points, 7.1 boards and 1.5 blocks. Towns is averaging 21.0 points, 9.5 boards and 1.3 blocks, so Towns would seem to have the edge. However, the Knicks seem to be a slightly better team for now.

Minnesota is faltering out of the gate as it struggles to learn and execute Tom Thibodeau’s complex defense, a defense which is easily exploited by bigs who can shoot when it’s not functioning properly. And with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah both having spent years under Thibodeau’s tutelage, they’re more than aware of that. (Noah is a gametime decision with a sprained ankle.) This game promises Towns a bigger challenge than the first two.

Washington Wizards at Oklahoma City Thunder: John Wall faces Russell Westbrook in speed-force duel

8 p.m. ET, League Pass

Word has it that if Russell Westbrook and John Wall played a game of one-on-one, and you played it back in slow motion, it would look like they were playing at regular speed. While Wall has a wounded knee, he’s still expected to suit up tonight.

One has to hope that happens, because it’s exciting when two of the most electric point guards in the league face off. Westbrook has career averages of 24.0 points, 7.2 boards and 8.4 assists against Wall. He had splits of 17/11/13 and 22/11/11 in his last two, so another triple-double is not only a possibility, it’s more likely to happen than not. Wall hasn’t fared quite as well against Westbrook, but the Thunder don’t have an overall elite defense this year as they have in the past.

With Washington struggling, Wall’s impressive start (23.1 points, 8.9 assists, 2.0 steals) has gone a little under the radar.

If you have one game to watch tonight, choose this one for pure entertainment value.

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