The NBA turns the calendar from November to December with a solid week of League Pass games. Injuries will shape this stretch as games like Cavs/Sixers, Pacers/Raptors and Warriors/Heat (the Game of the Week) would all improve if talented players can return to the floor in time.
Cavs at 76ers, 7 p.m.: As of this writing, we still do not know if this is going to be the first time LeBron James and Ben Simmons go at it but this will be fun either way, as the Sixers have transitioned from potential to potential playoff team.
Pistons at Celtics, 7:30 p.m.: Avery Bradley returns to Boston and will presumably spend serious time guarding Kyrie Irving, making this a must-watch. Keep an eye on how Detroit chooses to defend Al Horford and how Brad Stevens uses former Piston Aron Baynes.
Trail Blazers at Knicks, 7:30 p.m.: Two teams with very different strengths as the Knicks try to figure out how to slow down Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum while the Blazers cycle through players on Kristaps Porzingis. This would be a nice statement win of sorts for New York as the Blazers look like a playoff team out West.
Suns at Bulls, 8 p.m.: Lottery special featuring two of the league’s weakest teams so far, though the Suns have looked better since adding Greg Monroe. We will likely see Marquese Chriss start the game on Lauri Markkanen, which is intriguing.
Wizards at Timberwolves, 8 p.m.: This one loses some luster without John Wall and possibly Jeff Teague but should still be fun as both teams have more firepower on the perimeter. Otto Porter and Andrew Wiggins have max contracts and will need to perform against their counterpart here.
Bucks at Kings, 10 p.m.: Giannis and the Bucks make the list at least once per week and Buddy Hield had a big closing kick against the Clippers even though the game ended in a loss for them.
Thunder at Magic, 7 p.m.: The site of a definitive Russell Westbrook comeback last season, Orlando must do a better job containing him but are defending better this year. The Magic will need strong shooting to score in the half-court against one of the best defenses in the league.
Heat at Knicks, 7:30 p.m.: It will be fascinating to see how Erik Spoelstra and the Heat approach Porzingis’ combination of size and offensive ability. On top of that, we likely see Frank Ntilikina testing his defensive ability against Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters trying to put on a show at the Garden.
Timberwolves at Pelicans, 8 p.m.: Towns (and Taj Gibson) going against Davis and Cousins will be an absolute blast. The Timberwolves targeted Jrue Holiday in free agency and now face him in a game where they need to create reliable offense.
Cavs at Hawks, 7:30 p.m.: Atlanta already beat Cleveland once this year, 117-115 in Cleveland and will presumably look for a repeat at Fortress Philips. Dennis Schroder needs to have another big game but may have an opportunity against a limited Cavs’ point guard rotation.
Jazz at Clippers, 10:30 p.m.: This would have been a much bigger deal if both teams were healthy but it should still be a fun game. The Clippers are looking to find a workable guard rotation without Patrick Beverley while Utah has hit their stride without Rudy Gobert and Joe Johnson.
Warriors at Magic, 7 p.m.: A nice calibration game for both teams as Golden State heads East for the second time in a little over a week. Aaron Gordon vs. Draymond Green should be fun and floor-spacing centers like Nikola Vucevic have given Zaza Pachulia problems.
Pistons at Wizards, 7 p.m.: These teams played a fun, competitive game in Washington earlier this season and hopefully will repeat that here. Andre Drummond and Marcin Gortat will battle on the interior but watch how the Wizards defend Tobias Harris, who has done well to start this season.
Pacers at Raptors, 7:30 p.m.: Toronto has played well recently and will look to continue that against a Pacers team still exceeding expectations. Hopefully Victor Oladipo will be back in time to face DeMar DeRozan because that would be compelling on both ends of the floor.
Clippers at Mavericks, 2 p.m.: Rick Carlisle’s ruthless approach attacking opponent weaknesses could make this absolutely fascinating as Lou Williams has stepped into a starting role. Dennis Smith Jr could have a big night, though DeAndre Jordan’s presence at the rim makes life harder as a finisher.
Pistons at 76ers, 7:30 p.m.: Both of these teams are firmly in the playoff picture and are poised to take a bigger step with a win here. Joel Embiid has dominated this season and will try to lure Andre Drummond out of the lane.
Pelicans at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m.: Jusuf Nurkic and DeMarcus Cousins have had some words over the years and that should not change even though both are in different uniforms now. In case this one needed more, Jrue Holiday trying to contain Damian Lillard will be worth watching too.
Magic at Knicks, 3:30 p.m.: Both of these teams started the season strong but will need to keep racking up wins to stay in the playoff picture. Porzingis vs. Gordon is the justifiable headliner but Courtney Lee has been an underrated part of the Knicks’ success so far.
Warriors at Heat, 7 p.m. (Game of the Week): Dion Waiters’ game-winner and pose from last season is still fresh enough to make this a worthy Game of the Week selection. Miami’s attacking defense will challenge Golden State’s turnover-prone stars but they will need to score to stay in the game.
Clippers at Timberwolves, 7 p.m.: Jordan and Towns thrive in such different ways and should each make life hard on the other. Tom Thibodeau will also have a battle plan for Blake Griffin and that will presumably involve Taj Gibson bodying him up at every opportunity.