What goes good with Thanksgiving leftovers? How about a full slate of NBA games?
If that sounds good to you, then be sure to tune in this weekend as there is plenty of NBA action to go around. But before you do, here are six things to watch from across the league.
1. Spurs look to stay perfect on road
The San Antonio Spurs will look to start 9-0 away from home for the first time in team history when they visit the Boston Celtics on Friday. The Spurs won their seventh straight game on Wednesday, a 119-114 victory over the Charlotte Hornets, and come to Boston having beaten the Celtics nine straight times since 2010-11.
It won’t be easy, though. The Celtics are coming off a three-game winning streak and are 4-2 at home this season. The best sports betting sites are giving the Spurs a slight edge.
2. Warriors return to LA seeking revenge
The Golden State Warriors return to the scene of their last loss when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. The Lakers thumped the Warriors 117-97 three weeks ago at Staples Center, where Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined to go 2 of 20 from the 3-point line.
Golden State delivered some payback in a 149-106 rout at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, but history favors the home team this weekend, as the Lakers have won the last two meetings against the Warriors at home by double digits.
3. Heat take on Grizzlies after team meeting
The Miami Heat held a brief team meeting in the locker room after Wednesday’s 104-87 loss to the Detroit Pistons, their 10th in 14 games. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said multiple players spoke up. “We need to be better than this,” he said, via the Associated Press. “They all know that.”
The Heat visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, hoping to turn things around. Also, Grizzlies coach David Fizdale faces his former team for the first time this season. He served as an assistant coach on the Heat’s staff for the last eight years.
4. Pelicans look to stay hot
The New Orleans Pelicans roll into Friday’s matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers on a four-game winning streak that started at the Smoothie King Center against these same Trail Blazers a week ago.
New Orleans has won six of its last eight games after an 0-8 start, and forward Anthony Davis has been on a tear. He scored 45 points on 17-of-27 shooting in a 117-96 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, and he had 38 points last time out against Portland.
It will be interesting to see if Davis and the Pelicans can keep the momentum going.
5. Knicks, Porzingis try to stay in rhythm
The first game of a back-to-back, home-and-home series between the New York Knicks and Charlotte Hornets takes place on Friday at Madison Square Garden, where the Knicks have won five straight games. Meanwhile, Charlotte has dropped three straight games after an 8-3 start.
New York got off to a slow start but is starting to find a rhythm. A player to keep an eye on is second-year big man Kristaps Porzingis, who is averaging 21 points on 50.2 percent shooting, 39 percent from beyond the arc and 7.3 rebounds. Porzingis had 31 points in Tuesday’s 107-103 victory over the Trail Blazers.
6. Embiid gets second crack at Cavs
The Philadelphia 76ers pushed the Cleveland Cavaliers to the limit in a 102-101 loss earlier this season, which makes Sunday’s rematch an interesting matchup.
76ers big man Joel Embiid will be held out of Saturday’s game against the Chicago Bulls but should return to face the Cavaliers. The frontrunner for Rookie of the Year, Embiid had 22 points and four blocks against Cleveland last time out, and three of his blocks came on shots by LeBron James.
James will be looking over his shoulder for Embiid come Sunday. You can count on it.