There's a full slate of NBA action Friday night featuring nine games, two nationally televised, although only two of the nine feature .500 or above teams squaring off.
Utah Jazz vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN: The first national broadcast of the evening pits the Utah Jazz' strong frontcourt against a 76ers squad waiting for the return of Andrew Bynum. Al Jefferson is averaging a double-double with 15.0 points and 11.8 boards while Paul Millsap is almost there with 16.1 points and 9.7 rebounds. In the past three games, the pair has combined for 45.3 points per game, although that's a bit skewed by a triple-overtime win in which Millsap had 34 points. They'll face off against a front line of Lavoy Allen, Spencer Hawes, and Kwame Brown that has struggled to contain opposing bigs, allowing Greg Monroe to go for 19 points and 18 rebounds in the Detroit Pistons' first win of the year Wednesday night. The Jazz have struggled on the road; the triple OT game was their first win away from home in six tries.
New York Knicks vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m. ET: Arguably the two best teams in the league in early going, the 6-0 Knicks will try to take down their second major Western Conference squad in as many nights after a comeback victory over the San Antonio Spurs as they head to Memphis to take on the 6-1 Grizzlies. Both teams are riding six-game win streaks; Memphis' only loss of the year was the season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers. They each boast elite scorers at the small forward spot with Carmelo Anthony and Rudy Gay, but have shown their depth recently. Anthony was held to single digits while Raymond Felton scored 25 against San Antonio and while Gay and Zach Randolph combined for 48 in a Wednesday night win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, it was a bench unit featuring Quincy Pondexter and Jerryd Bayless that led a second quarter rally that put the Grizzlies on top. New York is first in the league in both offensive and defensive efficiency, Memphis is top ten in both categories.
And the rest of Friday night's games:
Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports Florida, Fox Sports Detroit
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Hornets, 8 p.m. ET, FOX Sports Oklahoma, Fox Sports New Orleans