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How to watch, what to watch for in NBA preseason Dec. 18 schedule

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

Toronto Raptors v Brooklyn Nets - Game Four Photo by Kim Klement-Pool/Getty Images

On the eighth night of the NBA preseason, we are set for a eight-game slate. There’s plenty of preseason action on Friday night in the NBA, so if you’re feeling frisky, get in on the DFS fun on DraftKings. It’s been exciting getting back into the NBA and especially watching the rookies perform. We got a huge outing from LaMelo Ball on Thursday night for the Charlotte Hornets. On Friday, we’ve got a matchup of two top 10 picks in New York.

Obi Toppin and Isaac Okoro will close out their preseason schedules before making their NBA regular-season debuts. Both players have shown flashes of promise early on. The Celtics have a pair of rookies who are looking to carve out a role with the depth chart thin at guard. Payton Pritchard and Aaron Nesmith should see playing time early on for Brad Stevens. Patrick Williams has been somewhat of a surprise for the Bulls after being reached for at No. 4 in the draft.

The real fun doesn’t start until later on. Talen Horton-Tucker. The Lakers second-year guard has been the talk of preseason and finishes out his bid for more playing time on the defending champs. THT could end up being the 6th Man off the bench for the Lakers if he keeps this up. He’s sure more exciting to watch than Wesley Matthews and Alex Caruso.

NBA preseason schedule for Dec. 18

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers, 6:00 p.m. ET
Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors, 7:00 p.m. ET
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m. ET
Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Milwaukee Bucks vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 8:00 p.m. ET
Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 8:00 p.m. ET
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets, 9:00 p.m. ET
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns, 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN