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NBA Weekend Preview

Thanksgiving weekend might offer a flurry of holiday tournaments when it comes to collegiate basketball, but there’s still some interesting NBA matchups on tap. A blank schedule on the holiday itself simply means a very busy Friday and beyond. Let’s take a quick look at the five games to keep an eye on this weekend:

November 25th: San Antonio Spurs at Boston Celtics

A Friday afternoon clash has the Spurs traveling to Beantown, looking to continue their early-season success on the road. The 11-3 Spurs have won their first seven away games and have shown no indications of missing the retired Tim Duncan. Boston appears to be back in the groove with five wins in their last seven games.

November 25th: Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers

This matchup has the Warriors trying to reverse recent history after having dropped three of their last four road games versus the Lakers. It’s the back end of a home-and-home matchup with Golden State seeking to build on another strong start that has seen them win 12 of their first 14 games.

November 26th: New York Knicks at Charlotte Hornets

Another back end portion of a home-and-home clash, this game has the Knicks trying to get on track away from Madison Square Garden. Entering this game, they’ve only won once in six tries in road games this season. The Hornets’ offseason moves seemed to pay off early, as they got off to a strong 6-1 start, but have stumbled over the past two weeks.

November 27th: Los Angeles Clippers at Indiana Pacers

The Clippers continue their road trip, looking to build on an outstanding start that’s seen them win 13 of their 15 contests. That could be difficult against a Pacers team that can make life difficult against visitors, though they’re still licking their wounds after being routed by Golden State on Monday night.

November 27th: Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers

Entering Wednesday’s game, the Rockets have won six of their last eight games. Predictably, James Harden has been a key aspect of that surge, continuing his potential MVP season. He and his teammates will have their hands full against a Trail Blazers squad that’s currently in the final stages of completing a five-game road trip.

The Outlook Ahead

One month into the NBA season has many of the usual suspects in their familiar spots. The defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers already appear to be in midseason form, though depth behind Kyrie Irving remains a question mark. In the Western Conference, the Clippers appear to have supplanted the Thunder when it comes to challenging the Warriors’ efforts to reach the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year. Lurking just behind them are the always-dangerous Spurs.

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