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1 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 12-2
The C’s have won a league-high 12 straight games, which is the franchise’s third-longest streak in the last 30 years. Defense has played an important part during this streak, as the Celtics have held 11 of their last 12 opponents under 100 points. Kyrie Irving, who suffered facial fractures in win over the Hornets, missed Sunday’s win over the Raptors.
2 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 10-3
The Dubs, who are on a six-game winning streak, have won their last six contests by at least 17 points. Golden State has thrived in the third quarter this year, producing a league-high 32.6 points per game, which is 1.5 points more than their league-high last year. The Warriors have blocked seven or more shots in 12 of their 13 games.
3 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 11-3
The Rockets have won six straight and have the best record in the Western Conference. A key for Houston this year has been getting off to good starts, as they are averaging a league-high 31.1 points a game -- including 36.0 points a game over their last three contests -- which is 1.2 points more than they produced in the opening quarter last season.
4 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 10-3
The Pistons are off to their best start since 2005-06, when they began the season 15-3. Detroit finished off a perfect five-game home stand to improve to a league-best 7-1 at home. Stanley Johnson has missed the last three games with a hip flexor injury.
5 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 8-5
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The Spurs have been plagued by injuries in the early going this year. San Antonio, the 23rd-highest-scoring team in the league at 103.0 points a game, topped the century mark for just the seventh time all year, when they tallied a season-high 133 points in a win over the Bulls on Saturday. Rudy Gay is second on the team in scoring, despite coming off the bench, for the first time in his career. He has reached double-figures in scoring 10 of the team’s first 13 games.
6 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 7-5
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The Wizards have won three of four. Bradley Beal, the team’s leading scorer, produced just 21.3 points a game in three games, which is 16 points a game less than he averaged during the first week of November, when he tallied at least 36 points in a three-game stretch. John Wall has missed 17 free throw attempts this month, which is noteworthy, as he is shooting a career-low 72.8% from the charity stripe so far this season.
7 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 7-5
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The Raptors have won five of eight. DeMar DeRozan has scored at least 20 points in his last seven games and is averaging 22 points a contest during that stretch. Kyle Lowry, who had a subpar start to the season, moved into fourth place on the Raps all-time scoring list on Sunday and is averaging 18 points a game over the last three contests.
8 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 7-5
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The Wolves have lost two straight, giving up at least 118 points in each game. Andrew Wiggins, who is averaging a career-high 1.5 triples a game, has made a three-pointer in four straight games and is averaging 20 points a contest in the month of November. Minnesota leads the league in loose balls recoveries at 8.2 a game.
9 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 7-5
The Grizzlies lost to the Rockets for the first time in three games on Saturday giving up 111 points. They held Houston to 89 and 90 points a game in their two wins. Tyreke Evans is becoming one of the best sixth men in the league, averaging 23.0 points along with 4.6 assists and 1.6 steals over his last six contests.
10 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 7-6
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The Pelicans have won four of five. DeMarcus Cousins leads the league in charges taken (five) and turnovers committed (68). New Orleans is second in the league with 52.3 paint points in the game, which equates to 48.5% of their total points (107.5).
11 New York Knicks New York Knicks 7-5
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The Knicks possess a winning record after 12 games for the first time since 2012-13. Kristaps Porzingis continues his torrid pace to start the season, scoring 30 or more points eight times. New York leads the league with 16.5 second-chance points a game.
12 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 6-6
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The Bucks have won two in a row following the acquisition of Eric Bledsoe. Milwaukee improved to 3-3 in the six games they have played on back-to-back games after defeating the Spurs (Friday) and the Lakers (Saturday). Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has steadily increased his scoring and PER averages in his five seasons, currently leads the league in both categories.
13 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 8-5
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The Nuggets finished their recent five-game home stand undefeated to improve to 6-2 at the Pepsi Center. Second-year guard Jamal Murray, who scored a career-high 32 points on Saturday, has increased his scoring average by over three points from last year, as he has been more efficient. Denver is the only team ranked in the top three of the league in fast-break points, second-chance points and points in the paint.
14 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 8-5
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The Magic have lost three of five. Point guard Elfrid Payton returned to the floor this week for the first time since injuring his hamstring in the second game of the season, recording his first double-double of the season on Wednesday. Orlando scored 128 points at Phoenix on Friday, marking its third-highest scoring output in a road contest in the last 20 years (non-overtime games).
15 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 6-6
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The Blazers have failed to top the century mark in their last two games to fall to 0-3 on the season when held under 100 points. Damian Lillard, who scored 30-plus points in four of his last six games, has totaled just 31 points in his last two contests. Portland is doing yeoman’s work on the boards, leading the league in rebound percentage and total rebounds despite not having a single player grabbing over nine caroms a game.
16 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 6-6
The 76ers have dropped two of three games on their current five-game trip out west and are now 4-4 away from home. J.J. Redick, who got off to a slow start to the season, has scored in double-figures in four straight games and is averaging 18.0 points a game, while shooting 47.1% from the floor in November. Philadelphia ranks second in the league in both assists per game and assist percentage, while also ranking dead last in turnovers and turnover percentage.
17 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 5-8
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The Lakers have lost three straight, all on the road, and are now 1-5 in games away from the Staples Center. Lonzo Ball became the youngest player in the league to post a triple-double when he accomplished the feat in a loss to the Bucks on Saturday. Los Angeles has done most of their damage in the paint, tallying 52.7% of their points, as the Lakers lead league with 54.6 points a contest.
18 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 6-7
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The Thunder have won consecutive games for the second time this season and are now 6-2 in games they have scored at least 100 points. Paul George has scored 79 points, on 25-of-44 shooting (56.8%) from the field including 11-of-19 (57.8%) from beyond the arc, to go along with 17 rebounds and 12 assists over the last two games.
19 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 6-7
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The Cavs have won three of five. JR Smith is averaging 2.8 triples a game this month, as he has made multiple three-pointers in five of the six games in November. That’s after doing so once in the first seven games. Cleveland, which ranks last in defensive rating, has allowed 112 or more points in 10 of its last 11 games.
20 Miami Heat Miami Heat 6-7
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The Heat are 3-3 in their last six games. Hassan Whiteside picked up his fifth double-double in his eight games this season in a loss to the Pistons on Sunday. Miami has allowed the second-most second-chance points per game (14.8).
21 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 5-7
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The Clippers are on a league-high five-game losing streak. Los Angeles has given up 100 points in six of its seven losses,while they have only surrendered that many points once in their five wins. Blake Griffin surpassed the 2,000 career assist plateau on Saturday, becoming the fifth player in franchise history to do so.
22 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 6-7
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The Jazz snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Brooklyn on Saturday. The 114 points Utah put on the board against Brooklyn was a season high and marked just the sixth time the third-lowest scoring team (98.3 ppg) in the league has reached the century mark. Star center Rudy Gobert is out four-to-six weeks with a bone bruise.
23 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 6-8
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The Pacers went 1-3 this past week and have lost five of six overall. Victor Oladipo has scored 20 points in each of his last three games and now has 10 such games this season. Indiana scores 18.3% of its points from mid-range, which ranks second in the league.
24 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 5-7
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The Hornets have lost their last four games, all on the road, to fall to 1-5 away from home. Kemba Walker, who made a career-high 204 three-pointers last season at a personal-best 39.9% clip, has made just 8-of-29 (27.6%) shots from beyond the arc in the month of November. Charlotte has done a better job at taking care of the ball over the last three games, committing a league-low 12.7 turnover a game, to move up to No. 2 in the league in fewest turnovers a game.
25 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 5-9
The Suns snapped a season-long four-game losing streak with a victory over the Wolves (Saturday), to improve to 1-3 on their current six-game home stand. Leading scorer, Devin Booker, has had an up-and-down November so far. He’s tallied at least 30 points in three of the seven games, though he also been held to single digits twice. Recently acquired Greg Monroe has yet to play for the Suns, as he is still nursing a calf injury that has limited to five games thus far.
26 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 5-8
The Nets went 2-2 this past week. But the bad news continues for the franchise, as D’Angelo Russell is expected to miss several games with a left knee contusion. Brooklyn is 2-6 on the road this season, though the Nets have not won consecutive road games since 2015-16.
27 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 3-9
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The Kings had their first winning streak this week with wins over the Thunder and 76ers. Buddy Hield has stepped up his production in November, averaging 15.2 points while shooting 51.9% from the field, which is up from the 10.2 points and 35.4% shooting in October. Sacramento ranks second to last in defensive rebound percentage and total rebound percentage.
28 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 2-9
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The Bulls have lost four straight. Bobby Portis has looked good since coming back from his eight-game suspension, compiling 19.2 points and 10.0 rebounds in three games. Chicago ranks last in offensive rating, scoring, field goal percentage and second to last in three-point percentage.
29 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 2-11
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The Hawks are the lone remaining team to be winless at home. Reserve guard Marco Belinelli has scored in double-figures in three straight games. Atlanta is a league worst 0-7 in games decided by double-digits.
30 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 2-12
The Mavericks earned their first road win on the season with a victory in Washington on Wednesday. Howard Barnes has picked up double-doubles in his last two games to give him three on the season, which is one more than he had the last two years combined. Dallas, which ranks fifth in the NBA with 11.8 triples a game, has made at least nine three-pointers in each of its 14 contests.

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