In the NBA, the games that don't matter still matter.
Preseason contests may not have playoff implications or impact a team's regular-season standing, but they're a forum through which rotations are built and expectations are molded. They're also nifty previews for fantasy lovers out there, who are looking to monitor which players they should run with in their upcoming virtual drafts.
And, unlike the NFL, starters actually play for more than a second. Provided he's not injured (sorry, Andrew Bynum fans), your favorite player, or the one you love to hate, is going to play. There will be things to watch.
Friday night's NBA preseason lineup plays host to many intriguing storylines. A certain Italian scoring machine will be returning to the team that gave up on him, and a pair of obvious tankers will go head-to-head in the battle for who wants Andrew Wiggins the most. And, as you'll see below, there's so much more.
Friday Night NBA Lineup
Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks, 7 p.m. ET
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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics, 7 p.m. ET
Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 7 p.m. ET
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Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats, 8:30 p.m. ET
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz, 9 p.m. ET
Check out what we're watching, then tell us which games and players you're most excited about in the comments section!
Note: All injury information was obtained from CBS Sports unless otherwise attributed.