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5 NBA things to know for Nov. 25
Some key storylines and NBA tidbits to know for the day ahead
Jeff Case, NBA.com
Get up to speed on the latest NBA news, plus a quick look at some storylines and tidbits worth noting today:
1. Lakers in a zone out West: Los Angeles has won seven in a row, its longest winning streak since an 8-0 run to open the 2010-11 season. The Lakers’ 14-2 mark leads the NBA and as they visit San Antonio (8:30 ET, League Pass), the Spurs have to deal with a tuned-in Anthony Davis. Good luck slowing him down, though, as he’s not only leading the league in blocks (3 bpg) but is also third among starting centers (and 25th overall) in steals per game (1.5).
2. Bucks trying to keep rolling: Milwaukee’s 2018-19 squad had a fantastic season, but this season’s edition can do something tonight that team never did: win eight straight games. The Bucks have won 11 of their last 12 games, with the lone loss in that run coming on Nov. 8 in Utah. The Jazz pay a visit to Wisconsin (8 ET, NBA TV) and face a Bucks defense that has been hot (101.3 Defensive Rating) since that loss in Salt Lake City.
3. A (sort-of) playoff rematch in Toronto: The last time the Sixers and Raptors met, it was Game 7 of the East semis. Much has changed since then (namely, Kawhi Leonard is now in L.A.), but one thing that hasn’t is these teams being among the upper crust in the East. This reunion (7:30 ET, League Pass) has several new dynamics (Al Horford in Philly) and an X-factor or two (Josh Richardson, anyone?) in the mix. If nothing else, the Sixers want a win to end the Raptors’ run of 13 straight regular-season home wins against them.
4. Shorthanded Celtics back at home: Boston went 2-3 on its recent road trip, with it nearly suffering a season-altering loss on Friday in Denver. Thankfully, star guard Kemba Walker only suffered a neck strain from his collision with teammate Semi Ojeleye. Walker won’t play against Sacramento (7:30 ET, League Pass), which has won three of its last four and is climbing back toward respectability. Part of the Kings’ resurgence is due to an offense that is No. 5 since Nov. 1 (111.6 Offensive Rating) after it ranked No. 28 prior to then.
5. An eye on the future …: We remember when Thunder-Warriors meant superstars galore. That’s not so much the case this time around (10:30 ET, NBA TV). Still, there is a reason to watch in that young players on both squads will be showing how they’re coming along 15 or so games into 2019-20. The two to watch are the Warriors’ Eric Paschall and the Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Paschall leads all rookies in scoring and is among the best in several other categories, while Gilgeous-Alexander’s 19.7 ppg is a career-high for the second-year player.