22. Indiana Pacers (4-7)
After a tough 10 days to start their season, the Indiana Pacers have found their groove in November, winning three of four. Sunday's 94-91 win over the Sacramento Kings took the road struggle monkey off their back and was Caris LeVert's best game of the season (22 points, 6 rebounds).
The Pacers are dealing with some crucial absences in T.J. Warren (foot) and Malcolm Brogdon (illness), but big performances by Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner, and rookie Chris Duarte are keeping them competitive nightly.
Keep your eyes on the shooting of Duarte, who's made 27 of his 64 attempts from three (42.2%) so far this season.
Next for Indiana: Nuggets, Jazz, 76ers
21. Boston Celtics (4-6)
With the Celtics already struggling, losing their top scorer in Jaylen Brown to a hamstring injury might just send them further below .500. The team meeting sparked by Marcus Smart's comments on his teammates seemed to stop the bleeding momentarily, as Boston was able to knock off Orlando and Miami with stifling defense -- then Luka Magic struck on Saturday.
I'm unclear about what could turn things around for Brad Stevens, since the roster, even with Brown and Jayson Tatum, was playing .500 basketball. This could be a team to watch when it comes to making moves prior to the February trade deadline.
Next for Boston: Raptors, Bucks, Cavaliers