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NBA Week 3 fixtures to showcase two primetime matchups

Dapo Sotuminu

The Week 3 of the 2018-19 NBA season is featuring two primetime weekend matchups this Saturday and Sunday.

On NBA Saturdays, the three-time NBA Champion Philadelphia 76ers will host the three-time NBA Champion, Detroit Pistons (LIVE at 7pm CAT on Saturday, 3 November via NBA League Pass and Kwesé Sports).

For the Philadelphia 76ers, Cameroon-born Joel Embid who was discovered at the 2011 Basketball Without Borders Africa, in the 100th game of his career, finished with 27 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in 37 minutes of play. His career totals now stand at 2,247 points, 1,009 rebounds and 201 blocks. He joins Tim Duncan and Hall of Famers Shaquile O’Neal, Alonzo Mourning, David Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson as the only players in league history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 200 blocks in the first 100 games of a career

Joel Embiid leads the team with 27 points and 11.8 rebounds per game

Giannis Antetokounmpo

 For Detroit Pistons, they have Blake Griffin, who before now had a career night with 50 points, 14 rebounds and six assists against Philadelphia on 23 October. Griffin, who is a five-time NBA All-Star is leading the team with 27.7 points per game, while two-time NBA All-Star Andre Drummond leads the team in rebounds (15.2 per game).

There will be another NBA firecracker on Sundays, as the 1971 NBA Champions, Milwaukee Bucks hosts the Sacramento Kings at 10:30pm CAT on Sunday, 4 November (LIVE on NBA League Pass and Kwesé Sports).

The Sacramento Kings is one of the most exciting young teams to watch, the Kings won four straight games (as of 31 October). The Kings are 5-3 through the first eight games which marks their best start since the 2014-15 season.

The players to watch on the side of the Sacramento Kings include; Buddy Hield (18.9 points per game), De’Aaron Fox (17.5 point per game) and Willie Cauley Steyn (17.4 point per game). Meanwhile, before the primetime NBA Sundays matchup, the Kings are facing the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.

Sacramento Kings’ Sunday opponent, Milwaukee Bucks, went undefeated through the first seven games (through 31 October). The Bucks are the only undefeated team so far and are leading the Eastern Conference.

Two-time NBA All-Star, Nigerian-Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo, is leading the team averaging 25 points and 14.2 rebounds per game.

Milwaukee Bucks point guard, Malcolm Brogdon, is expanding his commitment to the clean water crisis by creating Hoops2o and launching the programme alongside four other NBA players, collectively known as the ‘Starting 5,’’ to bring clear water to East Africa.

The mission of Hoops2o is to leverage the NBA platform to unite fans and players with a goal of raising funds and awareness to provide clean water to East African communities in desperate need. The Starting 5 have set the goal to raise $225,000 to fund five wells, one for each of the Starting 5 teams, by the end of the 2018-2019 NBA season

The Bucks will first face the Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.

 

 

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