NBA Week 4 Preview: Stephen Curry, James Harden, and The Best Games You Can’t Afford to Miss

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors goes in for a layup over E'Twaun Moore #55 of the New Orleans Pelicans during an NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on October 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The NBA season is in full swing. Teams are rising and falling in the standings as the schedule pushes into November and towards the Christmas lineup. In Week 4, there are plenty of intriguing matchups and games, including with the Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Houston Rockets, and Philadelphia 76ers.

Here’s a look at some of the top storylines, players, and games for Week 4 of the NBA season. Check out the full schedule of games at NBA.com.

(All stats and records are as of Tuesday, November 6, 2018)

The Best Games on National TV in Week 4:

Wed., 11/7 – Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers at 8:00 PM on ESPN
Wed., 11/7 – Minnesota Timberwolves vs. L.A. Lakers at 10:30 PM on ESPN
Thu., 11/8 – Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder at 8:00 PM on TNT
Thu., 11/8 – Milwaukee Bucks vs. Golden State Warriors at 10:30 PM on TNT
Fri., 11/9 – Charlotte Hornets vs. Philadelphia 76ers at 7:00 PM on NBA TV
Fri., 11/9 – Boston Celtics vs. Utah Jazz at 9:30 PM on ESPN
Sat., 11/10 – Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs at 8:30 PM on NBA TV

Gordon Hayward faces his old team when the Boston Celtics take on the Utah Jazz (9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Gordon Hayward (20) of the Boston Celtics drives as Aron Baynes (46) sets a pick on Malik Beasley (25) of the Denver Nuggets during the first half on Monday, November 5, 2018. The Denver Nuggets hosted the Boston Celtics at the Pepsi Center. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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After playing his first seven years with the Utah Jazz, Hayward signed as a free agent with the Celtics. Hayward was injured for all but a few minutes last season, and now he’ll play his first game back in Utah since leaving. Hayward made his first All-Star team while with the Jazz, who are playing well to start this season. One player that’s performing extremely well is Rudy Gobert. Gobert is averaging 6.6 points and 13.6 rebounds and shooting an NBA-high 71.8 percent from the field.

 

 

The Toronto Raptors and Kyle Lowry are off to a very hot start (Raptors play the Knicks on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. ET and next week against the Celtics on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors dribbles the ball as Dario Saric #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers defends during the second half of an NBA game at Scotiabank Arena on October 30, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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After the very strong season the Raptors had last year, the team has picked up right where they left off. After adding Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors are 10-1 on the season to lead the East, and Kyle Lowry has been playing at a very high level. The Raptors are off to a franchise-best start, and Lowry has propelled that by dishing out 10 or more assists in a team-record eight straight games. The guard is also leading the league with 11.6 assists per game and is shooting 49.6 percent from the field.

The Denver Nuggets are off to a hot start, second in West behind the Warriors

Jamal Murray (27) of the Denver Nuggets and Gordon Hayward (20) of the Boston Celtics react to a turnover by the Celtics during the second half of the Nuggets' 115-107 win on Monday, November 5, 2018. Jamal Murray (27) of the Denver Nuggets had a game and career high 48 points. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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The Nuggets have been one of the best teams in the NBA in the early part of the season. The team has opened 8-1 for the first time since 1976-77, when the Nuggets first came into the league. The team has been strong on the defensive side, ranking third in the NBA in defensive rating after finishing 23rd last season. Upcoming games for Denver include the Brooklyn Nets on Fri., Nov. 9, and Sun. Nov 11 vs. the Milwaukee Bucks.

Check out more on the NBA schedule at NBA.com.