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Members Night matchups: What to watch during Friday's 13-game slate

Every matchup you won't want to miss for Member Days on March 31, when you can watch every game free with an NBA ID.

Want a free pass to watch all the NBA action this Friday night? We’ve got rivalries old and new, plenty of drama and intrigue, all wrapped up in the tightest playoff race in league history.

All you need is an NBA ID. 

Here’s some of what’s on tap for Members Night on March 31 with 13 games on the slate. 

‘The Process’ is due North

MVP hopeful Joel Embiid aims to lead the 76ers to victory against a challenging Raptors team.

Two familiar rivals square off at 7 p.m. ET (NBA League Pass), helping start Friday night’s festivities.

Joel Embiid has only gotten better since leading the Sixers over the Raptors in last year’s playoffs, mounting a Kia MVP-caliber campaign with dazzling moves and clutch scoring. James Harden has settled into the Philly flow, offering his creative wizardry. The dynamic duo has a shot to become the first pair of teammates to lead the league in scoring and assists since 1981-82. 

The Raptors have grown stronger since their last game vs. the Sixers, bringing in Jakob Poeltl to address a void in the middle and Toronto leads the league in steals. 

Russell, Lakers head to Minnesota

D’Angelo Russell faces a familiar Timberwolves squad as the Lakers head to Minnesota for Friday night’s matchup.

Two teams that have played better of late meet at 8 ET (NBA TV) as they seek to continue their momentum in the West.

Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell knows the Wolves well, having played for them from 2020 until this season’s trade deadline. The same is true for ex-Wolves Jarred Vanderbilt and Malik Beasley, too, as they both logged time in Minnesota.

On the Wolves’ side, Karl-Anthony Towns is back and his play is rising while veteran guard Mike Conley, acquired in the multi-team Russell trade, has helped steady the team. Jaden McDaniels is one of the best defenders in the league and only getting better. 

Oh, and Rudy Gobert will face off with Anthony Davis. They have 11 All-Star appearances and eight first-team All-Defense selections between them.

Will Nuggets glitter in Phoenix?

Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets face the Suns to wrap up Friday’s slate.

Two of the top teams in the West face off in the nightcap, as the Nuggets visit the Suns at 10:30 ET (NBA TV).

The Suns swept the Nuggets in the 2021 playoffs en route to an NBA Finals trip and Suns star Devin Booker has been key for Phoenix ever since. Beyond Booker, big man Deandre Ayton and veteran point guard Chris Paul give the Suns plenty of other players to keep tabs on in this game.

Denver entered the week as the No. 1 seed in the West and has reason to think big this season. Jamal Murray, who missed all of last season, is back. Big man Aaron Gordon is tougher than ever and veteran reserve Jeff Green still brings the thunder. And, of course, Nikola Jokic is doing things we’ve never seen before on a nightly basis.

Stay tuned for more member-exclusive perks, benefits and voting opportunities. This free extravaganza is just one of the delights we have in store for NBA ID members this week.

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