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NBA Weekly Preview – November 24-30

It’s been a topsy-turvy season thus far, one that has given us a good bit of excitement. Last week, we saw Cleveland lose 4 straight, the Clippers come alive after a whipping by the Bulls, and the Raptors and Wizards continue to win. With the holiday, we lose a day of games, but still have quite a few great games to view this week.

Below is an exciting match up per day for this coming week that you should check out:

Monday, November 24th – Phoenix at Toronto, 7:30 pm ET on NBA League Pass

So far, the Raptors have played a somewhat light schedule, despite quality wins over the Cavs, Grizzlies, and Wizards. The Suns are everybody’s pick to sneak into the western conference playoffs, after surprising everyone last year. If Toronto is for real, they should be able to handle the upstarts from out west, and if the west is truly a much much better conference then the Suns should give the Raptors more than they can handle.

Tuesday, November 25th – Kings at Pelicans, 8:00 pm ET on NBA League Pass

A reply of last week’s battle between these two means more Boogie vs. the Brow. Last week, New Orleans pulled out a 106-100 win on a huge night from Davis. For two teams that are fighting to sneak into the playoff picture in the west, games like this are of vital importance.

Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

Wednesday, November 26th – Wizards at Cavaliers, 7:00 pm ET on NBA League Pass

The Cavs had a horrible week last week, as we said above. This game is another reply of a game last week, and gives the Cavs a chance to redeem themselves for a loss that seemed to shake them. The Wizards have been beneficiaries of an easier schedule, and are currently in 2nd place in the East – having notched big wins over only the Cavs. This game should be a test (if the Cavs stumble against Orlando on Monday, it will become even more important) as to whether the Wiz are for real, or the Cavs are just slumping.

Thursday, November 27th – No Games Scheduled

Enjoy some time with your people.

Friday, November 28th – Clippers at Houston, 8:00 pm ET on NBATV

First off, let’s acknowledge that there’s a daytime game (1pm Bulls at Celtics) on Black Friday. Love it. This game pits two favorites of the western conference. The Clippers have struggled early (compared to expectations only), but seem to have regained form after a loss to the Bulls, while the Rockets have missed games from Howard and still remained strong through some tough losses. Both teams will need a big game like this to propel them into a tougher schedule in December.

Saturday, November 29th – Pelicans at Wizards, 7:00 pm ET on NBATV

See above about both teams. Anthony Davis has been all-world so far this season, and him against the pairing of Gortat and NeNe should prove rest entertainment. By Saturday, we’ll know more about the Wizards and their stripes.

Sunday, November 30th – Grizzlies at Kings, 6:00 pm ET on NBA League Pass

A full week for the Grizzlies ends in this match against the Kings. The Kings so far this season have seemed to play up to tougher competition, with big wins over some tough opponents. They’ll likely need that against the point-misers from Memphis, who will do everything in their power to shut down Cousins and Gay. Depending on the week the Grizzlies have, this could either be important to continue momentum or to stop a slide.

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