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Lakers Looking to Maintain Reign of NBA; Can Carmelo help Trail Blazers?

The Lakers have quietly muscled their way to the best record in the NBA following their 122-101 win over Atlanta on Sunday, as the marriage of LBJ and The Brow seems to be working out nicely. But don’t sleep on the Clippers just yet, as they finally welcomed Paul George to the fold — he promptly scored 70 in his first two games back. The Clippers had been struggling against winning teams, they’ll get a chance to see if George can turn that around when the Celtics come to visit.

Wednesday, Nov. 20

Golden State Warriors (2-12) vs. Dallas Mavericks (7-5)

7:30pm ET on ESPN

The Dubs have now dropped seven in a row, most recently falling 108-100 to the Pelicans, and now have the worst record, 2-12, and point differential, -10.2, in the league. Reigning Rookie of the Year Luka Dončić went for 26-15-7 in the Mavs 110-102 win over the Raptors, and is now averaging 28.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game.

Boston Celtics (10-2) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (8-5)

10pm ET on ESPN

Marcus Smart’s wretched night ended with the ultimate indignity as he made just 2 of 16 shots from the floor, the final, potential game-winner rolling harmlessly off the rim as time expired in the Celtics’ 100-99 loss to the Kings. The league had best brace itself, because Paul George is back and ready to rumble, having scored 33 and 37 points in his first two games back, including a 150-101 disassembling of Atlanta. It was just the second time in franchise history that they managed 150 points in non-overtime game<br>

Thursday, Nov. 21

Portland Trailblazers (5-8) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (10-3)

8pm ET on TNT

The Blazers beat the Spurs 121-116 on Saturday with CJ McCollum leading all scorers with 32 points. Whatever happens with the Blazers, it will be exciting to see Carmelo Anthony get another chance to go out on his own terms, as he joined the team on a non-guaranteed deal this week. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 26 points to go along with 13 rebounds in the Bucks’ 102-83 win over the Pacers on Saturday, and is now averaging 30.1 points and 14.3 rebounds per game.

New Orleans Pelicans (4-9) vs. Phoenix Suns (7-4)

10:30pm ET on TNT

JJ Redick hit 6 of 11 from downtown en route to a game-high 26 points in the Pels’ 108-100 win over the Warriors on Sunday. New Orleans has won three of five since opening the season 1-7. The Suns downed the Hawks 128-112 with Kelly Oubre scoring a game-high 30 points.

Friday, Nov. 22

San Antonio Spurs (5-8) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (8-5)

8pm ET on ESPN

The Spurs’ 121-116 defeat at the hands of the Blazers on Saturday was a waste of a 30-13 night from LaMarcus Aldridge and was the team’s fifth loss in a row. The Sixers’ Tobias Harris led all scorers with 27 in Philly’s 114-95 win Sunday over the Cavs. Harris is averaging 176. Points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

Houston Rockets (10-3) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (8-5)

10:30pm ET on ESPN

James Harden dropped 49 points in the Rockets’ 125-105 win over the Timberwolves on Saturday, marking the 84th time he’s scored 40+, most among active players, with LeBron a distant second at 64. The Clippers are just 3-4 against teams that are .500 or better and all of their games have been decided by five points or more.

Stats through Monday, courtesy Basketball-Reference.com

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11-Dec Wed 7:00 PM Los Angeles Clippers Toronto Raptors ESPN
11-Dec Wed 9:30 PM New Orleans Pelicans Milwaukee Bucks ESPN
12-Dec Thurs 8:00 PM Philadelphia 76ers Boston Celtics TNT
12-Dec Thurs10:30 PM Portland Trail Blazers Denver Nuggets TNT
13-Dec Fri 7:00 PM Los Angeles Lakers Miami Heat ESPN
13-Dec Fri 9:30 PM Los Angeles Clippers Minnesota Timberwolves ESPN
14-Dec Sat 5:00 PM San Antonio Spurs Phoenix Suns NBATV
14-Dec Sat 7:30 PM Brooklyn Nets Toronto Raptors NBATV
15-Dec Sun 8:00 PM New York Knicks Denver Nuggets NBATV