The Golden State Warriors remain undefeated at 19-0 this season and lead the NBA standings over the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Spurs, Cavs, Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks have the top records heading into December.
--UPDATE: 76ers win over the Lakers for first win of the season.
The division leaders in the NBA are the Raptors in the Atlantic, Cavaliers in the Central, Miami Heat in the Southeast, Thunder in the Northwest, Warriors in the Pacific and the Spurs in the Southwest. The Warriors are off to a historic start this season and they currently are averaging 115.3 points per game and outscoring opponents by a 15-point margin. The Jazz played the Warriors tough on Monday as the team opened a long road trip, but Golden State won 106-103 to stay undefeated.
It will be very tough to remain undefeated over a seven game road trip, but the team potentially could make it through without losing. The team plays against Charlotte, Toronto, Brooklyn, Indiana, Boston and Milwaukee before coming him against the Suns. If the team can get past this stretch without losing, they potentially could be undefeated heading into the Christmas Day game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, which would be a major television event under those circumstances.
The Toronto Raptors come into the Tuesday schedule leading the Atlantic division over the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. The Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers are both struggling this season and likely will not be a factor in the division. The Sixers are now 0-18 and they have been off to the worst start in NBA history. The Knicks have opened above expectations at 8-10, as the team did not win its sixth game until January last season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are leading the Central division standings and they are 13-4 ahead of the Indiana Pacers. The Chicago Bulls have 10 wins and they are in ahead of the Detroit Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks. The Southwest division has the Miami Heat leading at 10-6 currently, while the Hawks are 12-8 ahead of the Hornets. The Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards are in the bottom of the division standings.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are leading the Northwest division, while the Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets are next in the standings. The Warriors have a big lead over the Clippers in the Pacific, while the Suns, Kings and Lakers are next in the standings. The Southwest division has the San Antonio Spurs leading the Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks, while the Rockets and Pelicans are in the bottom of the division.