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Four of the most popular teams in all of the NBA will be playing on ESPN on Friday evening. 

In the first game, the Brooklyn Nets will visit the Philadelphia 76ers, and in the second game the Los Angeles Lakers will host the Phoenix Suns. 

How to watch Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers:

  • Who: Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers
  • When: 7:30 ET
  • Where: Wells Fargo Center, in Philadelphia, PA. 
  • TV: ESPN
  • Stream: Watch FuboTV
  • Point spread: The Brooklyn Nets are 2.5-point favorites over the 76ers, according to the website.
  • Last season's records: Nets 48-24; 76ers 49-23
  • Last season's playoffs: Nets: lost in second round. 76ers: lost in second round.
  • All-Time Series: The 76ers lead the all-time series 118-85 over the Nets.

How to watch Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns

  • Who: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns
  • When: 10:00 ET
  • Where: Staples Center, in Los Angeles, CA.
  • TV: ESPN
  • Stream: Watch FuboTV
  • Point spread: The Los Angeles Lakers are 1.5-point favorites over the Suns, according to the website
  • Last season's records: Suns 51-21; Lakers 42-30
  • Last season's playoffs: Suns: lost in NBA Finals. Lakers: lost in first round. 
  • All-Time Series: The Lakers lead the all-time series 146-109 over the Suns.

The Nets and 76ers both are missing a superstar, so the game will attract a lot of media attention for the off the court news. 

The latest on Ben Simmons can be seen in a tweet that is embedded below form The Athletic's Shams Charania. 

Kyrie Irving still remains out, because he is not allowed to play in home games in Brooklyn due to the New York City vaccine rules. 

He could technically play in this game, but the Nets will not allow him to be a part-time player. 

Meanwhile, the Suns visiting the Lakers is a great rematch of last year's first round series that saw Devin Booker and the Suns knock off LeBron James and the Lakers in six games. 

However, the Lakers have a much different roster with a lot of new comers including Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony.