As we get a couple of weeks into the New Year with teams rapidly approaching the 41-game midway point of their regular-season schedules, there’s a whole lot of streaking going on.
There are currently two five-game winning streaks active in the NBA right now, along with four losing skids of at least six games.
And that’s not mentioning the Golden State Warriors recently putting together a 10-game winning streak—the fourth streak of at least 10 wins or more this season. San Antonio won 11 straight from Nov. 5-25, Portland won 11 in a row from Nov. 8-25 and Miami put together 10 consecutive victoties from Nov. 12-Dec. 1.
On the other side, the Bucks lost 11 in a row from Nov. 9-29. But they might have some competition for the longest skid.
The Boston Celtics lost Monday night to the Rockets for their ninth consecutive defeat. The Orlando Magic got hammered at Dallas and have lost eight straight. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost six in a row after losing to the Spurs Monday and those Bucks are there at six straight as well after getting pasted in Toronto.
The Knicks, meanwhile, held off the Suns in overtime for their fifth straight win and the Spurs’ win over the Pelicans was their fifth in a row.
It’s been said NBA basketball is a game of runs and that holds true for the schedule as well as for individual games. The Denver Nuggets have had two winning streaks of at least five games this season, winning seven straight from Nov. 21-Dec. 3 and their five-game win skein was broken in Utah Monday night. They also lost eight straight from Dec. 17-Jan. 1, immediately before the most recent five-game run.
The Knicks are on their current five-game winning streak and lost nine straight earlier this year from Nov. 14-Dec. 1.
Moving on to the best of the week, where the players selected must play at least 25 minutes a game in more than half of their team’s games (rookies must average 20 minutes a game to be selected).
All statistical information from NBA.com/Stats.