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Monday, November 22
Phoenix at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. ET
The Phoenix Suns open Week 6 of the season riding a 12-game win streak – already the fourth-longest streak in Suns franchise history. They will look to keep the momentum going in San Antonio against a Spurs squad that is looking to snap a four-game losing streak as they currently sit 4-11 on the season and 2-4 at home. In 15 career games against the Spurs, Devin Booker has averaged 20.4 points – his fifth-lowest career scoring average against any opponent.
Tuesday, November 23
Dallas at LA, 7:30 p.m. ET
This is not only a rematch of the first round matchup from the past two seasons – both won by the Clippers – it is also the second meeting in three days between these rivals. A key question heading into Tuesday will surround the availability of Luka Doncic, who missed Sunday’s meeting (a 97-91 win by LA) due to a sprained left knee and ankle. Paul George scored a game-high 29 points in LA’s win on Sunday as he is the sixth-leading scorer in the NBA entering Week 6 at 26.4 ppg.
Wednesday, November 24
Miami at Minnesota, 8:00 p.m. ET
After a promising 3-1 start to the season, the Minnesota Timberwolves lost eight of their next nine games as they faced some tough competition (three games against the Clippers, one each with the Warriors, Lakers, Suns, Nuggets and Grizzlies). However, they have bounced back with three straight wins – all at home – including a 43-point blowout win over Memphis on Saturday. The Wolves open Week 6 in New Orleans before returning home to host the Heat as they look to maintain their current win streak.
Friday, November 26
Atlanta at Memphis, 8:00 p.m. ET
Portland at Golden State, 10:00 p.m. ET
Friday night gives us a pair of games with outstanding guard matchups. Things get started in Memphis with Ja Morant and the Grizzlies hosting Trae Young and the Hawks. After opening the season 4-9, the Hawks enter Week 6 riding a four-game win streak as last year’s East Finalist looks to get back into the Eastern Conference picture. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies are 8-8 entering Week 6 and in familiar territory in the Western Conference standings – right in the play-in mix.
After the youngsters get things started, we have a matchup of two of the best shooters in the game with Stephen Curry and the Warriors hosting Damian Lillard and the Blazers. Lillard has bounced back from his early season shooting struggles to look more like the Dame we’ve become accustomed to seeing. Over his past five games, Lillard is averaging 26.6 points and is shooting 39% from beyond the arc. Curry’s been locked in since go as the Warriors are off to their best start since the 2016-17 season. That year they also opened the season 15-2, finished 67-15 and won the NBA title.
Saturday, November 27
Miami at Chicago, 8:00 p.m. ET
The Bulls enter Week 6 tied with the Brooklyn Nets for the best record in the Eastern Conference at 12-5, with Miami right behind them at 11-6 through 17 games. This matchup between the Heat and Bulls includes three of the top nine scorers in the league – Chicago’s DeMar DeRozan (26.8 ppg, 4th) and Zach LaVine (26.5 ppg, 5th), as well as Miami’s Jimmy Butler (25.1 ppg, 9th). DeRozan has the top individual plus/minus of any player in the East as the Bulls have outscored opponents by an average of 8.4 points per game with DeRozan on the court.
Sunday, November 28
Golden State at LA, 3:30 p.m. ET
Detroit at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m. ET
We close out the week with the final Lakers/Clippers double-header at Staples Center before the arena takes on a new name on Christmas Day. The action opens with the Clippers hosting the Warriors in a matchup of the No. 1 and No. 4 teams entering this week.
That is followed by the Lakers hosting the Pistons in a rematch of Sunday’s clash in Detroit that saw LeBron James and Isaiah Stewart ejected early in the third quarter before Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook fueled a Lakers’ comeback for the win. How will the teams respond one week later as they close out their season series in Los Angeles.