Definitive Guide to Memphis Grizzlies vs. LA Lakers and Friday's Top NBA Games

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Definitive Guide to Memphis Grizzlies vs. LA Lakers and Friday's Top NBA Games
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Some sibling rivalries will be settled with today's PS4 launch. But the one worth keeping your eye on is the battle of the Gasol brothers at Staples Center.

Thanks to a strong backing from the analytical community, Marc Gasol has seen his stock rise to previously unimaginable heights. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year has used his paint protection and offensive versatility to become the thinking man's superstar.

At the end of the day, though, he's still Pau Gasol's younger brother. With family dinner bragging rights up for grabs—and a Thanksgiving feast just around the corner—expect both players to come with their Sunday best on this fully loaded Friday night.

With 22 teams in action, the Gasols won't be the only ones with something to prove.

The Miami Heat might be two titles removed from their 2011 NBA Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks, but don't be surprised if Erik Spoelstra fires up some clips from that series to energize his team. The Brooklyn Nets will look to right the ship against the scrappy, athletic Phoenix Suns. Derrick Rose will take his search for his former MVP form north of the border for a showdown with the hungry Toronto Raptors.

These games, and many more, are reason enough to look forward to a couch-bound Friday night. The fact that you can go on a PS4 binge when the final buzzer sounds? Just icing on the cake.

 

Friday Night's Lineup

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Indiana Pacers, 7 p.m. ET

Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors, 7 p.m. ET

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks 7:30 p.m. ET

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics, 7:30 p.m. ET

Charlotte Bobcats vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 7:30 p.m. ET

Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat, 7:30 p.m. ET

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Brooklyn Nets vs. Phoenix Suns, 9 p.m. ET

San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz, 9 p.m. ET

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ET

Detroit Pistons vs. Sacramento Kings, 10:30 p.m. ET

 

*Unless otherwise noted, statistics used courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com and NBA.com.

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