The Golden State Warriors have won eight of their last ten games and are shooting up the Western Conference standings. Early in the week, they'll have a home and away game although they won't have to go far when they play away from Oracle Arena. Both games though will be against some of the worst teams in the NBA.
The Warriors begin their week on Tuesday when they face the New Orleans Hornets at home before heading on the road to face the Sacramento Kings.
Monday features a tilt of the two best teams in the Western Conference with the San Antonio Spurs taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder. On Wednesday, a new rivalry is renewed at Madison Square Garden when the Brooklyn Nets head west to Manhattan to face the New York Knicks.
Here's a look at the big games early in the week. The full schedule can be found at SI.com.
Monday, Dec. 17: San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 5 p.m., NBA League Pass
Tuesday, Dec. 18: New Orleans Hornets vs. Golden State Warriors, 7:30 p.m., CSN Bay Area
Wednesday, Dec. 19: Brooklyn Nets vs. New York Knicks, 4 p.m. ESPN
Wednesday, Dec. 19: Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings, 7 p.m., CSN Bay Area