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How to watch, what to watch for on NBA preseason Dec. 17 schedule

We take a look at the games on slate for the seventh night of preseason.

Jordan Poole #3 and Eric Paschall #7 of the Golden State Warriors hi-five during the game against the LA Clippers on March 10, 2020 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California. Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images

On the seventh night of the NBA preseason, we are set for a seven-game slate. This is going to be the final tune-up game before the regular-season begins for a handful of team. One game to watch is Hornets-Magic, which will feature a couple of rookies who could be competing for a certain award this season. LaMelo Ball has given us a couple of primetime highlights. He could see an increased role with Gordon Hayward dealing with a fractured hand. Miles Bridges is another name to watch on the Hayward injury front.

We’ve also got the Houston Rockets and James Harden taking on the Spurs again. Harden returned to action to much criticism on Tuesday. He “appeared” to be looking out of shape, but really seems fine. The internet can be a cruel place. Harden appears committed to the Rockets this season despite reports of trade requests and a toxic culture in Houston.

NBA preseason schedule for Dec. 17

Charlotte Hornets vs. Orlando Magic, 7:00 p.m. ET
Detroit Pistons vs. Washington Wizards, 7:00 p.m. ET
San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets, 8:00 p.m. ET
Atlanta Hawks vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 8:00 p.m. ET
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Dallas Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. ET
Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings, 9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 10:00 p.m. ET