The Cleveland Cavaliers have used a 12-game winning streak to jump back into second place in the Eastern Conference, while the Golden State Warriors are nipping at the heels of the Western Conference-leading Houston Rockets.
The Boston Celtics have continued to dominate despite losing prized free-agent acquisition Gordon Hayward in the opening game of the season, whil the Detroit Pistons and Philadelphia 76ers have each been off to a surprisingly strong start.
All of those teams play significant games this week, including a matchup between young Sixers studs like Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons against LeBron James and the Cavs.
James Harden is leading the league in scoring and is second in assists, making him the leading MVP candidate heading toward Christmas. But players like Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Kristaps Porzingis—all of whom rank in the top five in scoring in the NBA—are coming up right behind him.
Here’s everything you need to know to be an expert in the NBA this week.
(All stats, records, and results are as of games through Tuesday, December 5)