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NBA League Pass games to watch: Week 13 of 2021-22 season

Here are some of this week's top matchups, available exclusively on NBA League Pass.

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Joel Embiid and the Sixers open Week 13 looking for their seventh straight win.

Monday, January 10
Philadelphia at Houston, 8:00 p.m. ET
The Sixers enter Week 13 riding a six-game win streak dating back to Dec. 26. During this six-game stretch, Joel Embiid has averaged 33.2 points on 56.2% shooting from the field and 44.4% from 3-point range, while adding 10.5 boards and 4.5 assists per game. This is the second meeting with the Rockets in a week’s time, as Philadelphia defeated Houston on Jan. 3 behind Embiid’s 31-15-10 triple-double.
Brooklyn at Portland, 10:00 p.m. ET
Kyrie Irving will appear in his second game of the season as the Nets open Week 13 with road games in Portland and Chicago. Irving scored 22 points in his season debut last week in Indiana and gave us the first glimpse at the Brooklyn Big 3 this season. Irving’s presence in road games moving forward will give a boost to an already dominant road team as Brooklyn holds the league’s best road record at 14-3 entering Week 13.

Tuesday, January 11
Phoenix at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. ET
The Raptors open Week 13 looking for their seventh straight win as they host the Suns on Tuesday. During their six-game win streak, the Raptors have been led by Fred VanVleet (31.2 ppg, 6.7 apg, 4.7 rpg) and Pascal Siakam (23.7 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 6.2 apg). Meanwhile, the Suns are looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 23-point loss to Miami, Phoenix’s second-worst loss of the season.

Wednesday, January 12
Boston at Indiana, 7:00 p.m. ET
How good is it to see Lance Stephenson back with the Pacers? Lance has made them dance and brought out the air guitar in Indianapolis as he’s brought a “different vibe” to the Pacers in his first four games back with the franchise. This is the second of two consecutive games between the Celtics and Pacers this week (the first is Monday, also on League Pass) and if recent history tells us anything, this should be a close contest. Each of the last five games between these teams (and 10 of the last 12 games) has been decided by six points or less.

Thursday, January 13
Minnesota at Memphis, 8:00 p.m. ET
The Grizzlies are the hottest team in the league as they enter Week 13 riding a nine-game win streak – which marks a single-season franchise record. Memphis enters the week with a stronghold on fourth place in the West and is just one game back of Utah for third place. Meanwhile, the Wolves enter the week riding a four-game win streak and will face the Pelicans on Tuesday before this game in Memphis. If the Wolves beat the Pelicans on Tuesday, they would enter the game with Memphis looking for their first six-game win streak since 2004.

Friday, January 14
Orlando at Charlotte, 7:00 p.m. ET
The Hornets have been one of the most consistently entertaining teams on League Pass all season long. They play at the league’s fastest pace (101.34), rank second in points per game (115.5), are a highlight waiting to happen with LaMelo Ball throwing dimes to Miles Bridges and Terry Rozier able to catch fire at any moment (he’s averaging 23 points on 55.7% shooting from 3 on 8.7 attempts per game over his past three games). Meanwhile, the Magic enter Week 13 looking to snap a nine-game losing streak – with four of their past five losses coming by five points or less.

Saturday, January 15
Chicago at Boston, 8:30 p.m. ET
The Bulls enter Week 13 having won nine of their past 10 games – their nine-game win streak was snapped on Sunday in Dallas. The Bulls won the first meeting with the Celtics on Nov. 1 as they overcame a 19-point deficit and outscored the Celtics 39-11 in the fourth quarter for the 128-114 win. DeMar DeRozan ranks second in the league in fourth-quarter scoring (7.9 ppg), while Boston’s Jayson Tatum ranks fifth (6.8 ppg) and Chicago’s Zach LaVine ranks seventh (6.4 ppg).

Sunday, January 16
Golden State at Minnesota, 8:00 p.m. ET
Klay Thompson made his triumphant return to the Golden State lineup on Sunday – following a two-and-a-half-year absence after a pair of devastating leg injuries – giving the West-leading Warriors (30-9 entering Week 13) another boost as their season reaches the midway point this week. This is Golden State’s only game on League Pass this week, so don’t miss this chance to see the Splash Brothers back in action together.

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