A few highlights for this week:
- The Lakers have won 11 of 12 and are closing in on the Bucks in the race for the NBA’s best record. The Lakers play Houston on Thursday and Denver on Sunday.
- Oklahoma City has moved up to fifth place in the Western Conference – just ahead of Houston. The Thunder has the NBA’s third-best record since Thanksgiving, behind only the Bucks and Lakers.
- This week’s Saturday game is a potential matchup between Giannis and Steph if both are healthy.
- Portland standout center Jusuf Nurkić might make his season debut against Houston on Sunday. Nurkic, a fan favorite, sustained a serious leg injury last March. His return could help boost the Trail Blazers’ playoff hopes.
- NBA FIT Week begins Thursday and continues through March 19.