The Lakers retain the No.1 overall spot, while the Mavericks jump up inside the top-10 in this week's updated NBA Power Rankings.
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1. Los Angeles Lakers
Despite relatively pedestrian stats from both LeBron James (30/6/4) and Anthony Davis (22/4/3), the Lakers were able to knock off the Grizzlies in Memphis on Saturday night and run their winning streak to seven straight games.
2. Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks are buzzing through their competition this month. Milwaukee has won 11 of the 12 games they have played in November, despite the fact that eight of the 12 games have been on the road.
3. Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets notched their fifth straight victory on Sunday when they beat the Suns, 116-104. Will Barton scored a season-high 22 points in the win, going 8-of-18 from the field with four 3-pointers, eight rebounds, four assists and one steal. Barton's bounce-back season has been huge for the Nuggets. He's currently averaging 15.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 made triples per game.
4. LA Clippers
Think you only have to worry about Kawhi Leonard and Paul George and Lou Williams when matching up against the Clippers? Think again. In Sunday's 134-109 victory over the Pelicans, Montrezl Harrell was dominant. He shot 13-of-18 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the charity stripe en route to 34 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocks.
5. Boston Celtics
The C's dropped two of the three games they played last week, but those losses were excusable: road games to the Clippers and Nuggets, the final two games of a five-game west coast swing. Boston returns home this week to host the Kings and Nets. Coach Brad Stevens said that while Kemba Walker (neck) didn't practice on Sunday and remains doubtful for Monday, but that he's feeling "good."
6. Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert tweaked his left ankle in Friday's win over the Warriors and was ruled out on Saturday against the Pelicans. It was the first game he's missed all season. Donovan Mitchell picked up the slack, exploding for a scored a season-high 37 points in a 128-120 win over the Pelicans on Saturday night, adding seven rebounds, five assists and six 3-pointers in 36 minutes. Rudy is listed as questionable vs. Milwaukee on Monday.
7. Philadelphia 76ers
After losing five of their first 12 games, the Sixers have strung together a four-game winning streak. The most impressive victory of the bunch was Saturday's 113-86 demolition of the visiting Heat. Josh Richardson, who started his career in Miami, scored a season-high 32 points (11-of-15 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs) and knocked down a season-high six 3-pointers in 26 minutes against his former squad.
8. Dallas Mavericks
Led by 20-year old phenom Luka Doncic, the Mavericks offense is en Fuego. Dallas is No. 1 in offensive efficiency by an enormous margin, scoring 117.4 points per 100 possessions via NBA.com. The Mavs have won five consecutive contests and have scored at least 135 points in three straight. They are the first team this decade to accomplish that feat. Furthermore, consider this: The Raptors have played 2,006 games in the history of their franchise and scored more than 135 points in a game just twice. The Mavs scored more than 135 points in a game three times last week.
9. Houston Rockets
Last week was a rough one for Houston. They were riding an eight-game winning streak before traveling to Denver last Wednesday. After losing to the Nuggets, the Rockets lost to the Clippers in LA and the Mavs at home.
10. Miami Heat
Despite getting little to no production from some high-priced vets, the Heat have exceeded expectations this season. Miami is paying Dion Waiters, James Johnson and Ryan Anderson a combined $32.7 million this season. That trio has combined for 20 points in 57 minutes. On the other hand, Miami is paying Kendrick Nunn, Duncan Robinson and Bam Adebayo $6.3 million. They've combined for 550 points in 1,130 minutes.
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11. Toronto Raptors
The Raps were 3-0 last week and have some reinforcements headed their way. Serge Ibaka (right ankle sprain) is doubtful to play on Monday against the 76ers but could return as soon as Wednesday. Over the weekend, Coach Nick Nurse said Kyle Lowry (thumb) is "about a week away from being game ready," and estimated a December 1 target date.
12. Indiana Pacers
Pacers fans got some great news on Sunday when Malcolm Brogdon (back spasms) said he would play in Monday's game against the Grizzlies. Brogdon is reportedly feeling much better and is ready to rock. On the season, he's averaging 19.2 points, 8.2 dimes, 4.8 rebounds, while posting a True Shooting percentage of 57.3%
13. Minnesota Timberwolves
As if Karl-Anthony Towns needed to add anything to his incredible repertoire, he'd developed into an elite long-range marksman. KAT has knocked down 57 triple this season, while shooting 45 percent from downtown. The only two players in the NBA with more treys are Devonte' Graham and James Harden.
14. Phoenix Suns
With both Deandre Ayton (suspension) and Aron Baynes (hip) out of action, Cheick Diallo logged 36 minutes for the Suns on Sunday and made the most of his opportunity. He tallied a career-high 22 points while shooting 10-of-12 from the floor and tacking on six rebounds, one assist and one block vs. the Nuggets.
15. Brooklyn Nets
In the five games since Kyrie Irving (right shoulder) went down, the Nets have gone 4-1. In those five contests, Spencer Dinwiddie has been a beast, averaging 25.0 points, 6.2 assists, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.8 made triples in 32.6 minutes a night.