What present does each NBA team need for Christmas? Our specialists are entering into the vacation spirit to break down what each franchise is wishing to see under the tree.

All through the common season, our panel (ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz, Tim MacMahon and Andre’ Snellings, The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears, and FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Herring) is rating all 30 groups from prime to backside, taking inventory of which groups are enjoying the finest basketball now and that are wanting most like title contenders.

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1. Golden State Warriors
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1   Three-1 LAL, POR, @POR

The Warriors want that they had a completely wholesome DeMarcus Cousins under their Christmas tree. Cousins really had a enjoyable one-on-one half-court sport Friday through which he dunked on Kevin Durant. However Cousins nonetheless appears a good distance from having the ability to play to be his All-Star self and return to motion. With Cousins and Damian Jones out, the Warriors are in want of an athletic rim-protecting large who can catch alley-oops. — Spears

2. Toronto Raptors
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Three   2-1 @MIA, @ORL, CHI

I simply need you for my very own greater than you may ever know. Make my want come true, all I need for Christmas is you — “All I Need for Christmas Is You.”

The Raptors have a brief however substantial Christmas want record: the long-term dedication of Kawhi Leonard. The chance of Leonard gifting the Raptors his providers for the foreseeable future will enhance exponentially with the Japanese Convention title — the small field inside the large field. — Arnovitz

Three. Denver Nuggets
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2   1-1 @SA, SA, @PHX

The Nuggets merely want to discover well being under the tree this vacation season. They’ve missed a mixed 45 video games from their beginning taking pictures guard, small ahead and energy ahead but nonetheless discover themselves with the finest successful share in the Western Convention. In the event that they get wholesome and on the identical web page earlier than the season ends, the Nuggets have the expertise to make a whole lot of noise in the playoffs. — Snellings

Four. Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder
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7   Three-1 @HOU, @PHX, @DAL

The Thunder would really like a fast-forward button to the playoffs, with well being assured. They’ve struck a stability between their two superstars and the role-playing shooters and defenders. Russell Westbrook and Paul George completely consider that they will lead this team over anybody, together with the Warriors, and simply need the probability to show it this season. — Snellings

5. Milwaukee Bucks
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Four   Three-1 @NY, NY, BKN

The Bucks want for Khris Middleton to flip the clock again to October, when he was certainly one of the hottest shooters in the league. Nobody can sustain the numbers he had that month — 55 p.c from Three-point vary, whereas averaging 21 factors on simply 13 shot makes an attempt per sport — however he has been uncharacteristically chilly for some time now. He has shot 35 p.c in the Bucks’ losses this season, down from 45 p.c in the membership’s victories. — Herring

6. Philadelphia 76ers
Document: 22-12

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9   2-1 @BOS, @UTAH, @POR

I do not need quite a bit for Christmas, there is only one factor I want. I do not care about the presents beneath the Christmas tree — “All I Need for Christmas Is You.”

Christmas got here early for the Sixers after they landed Jimmy Butler in November. They might use somewhat depth behind their famous person core in the type of shooters, however what the Sixers really want is a chemistry set. As a result of the large items are there in Philadelphia — they simply want to cohere. — Arnovitz

7. Indiana Pacers
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6   2-2 @ATL, DET

The Pacers want to get again final season’s model of Tyreke Evans. Indiana signed him away from Memphis this previous summer time on what appeared like a stable deal, however his play has fallen off drastically since then. His taking pictures share is down 9 factors from final season, and his assist-to-turnover ratio — 2 to 1 final yr — is principally 1 to 1; not good for a ball handler. — Herring

Eight. Los Angeles Lakers
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Eight   1-2 @GS, @SAC, LAC, SAC

Everybody dancin’ merrily in the new old style means — “Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree.”

After a number of years of discovering lumps of coal of their stocking, the Lakers need nothing greater than to restore Lakers glory of outdated, with LeBron James assuming his place in the pantheon of Lakers greats. Unwrapping a excessive seed, ideally one which avoids a possible second-round matchup with the Warriors, could be a useful present. — Arnovitz

9. Boston Celtics
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5   1-2 PHI, @HOU, @MEM

The Celtics want to discover a particular hierarchy and team construction that their complete roster should buy into this vacation season. They’re certainly one of the most proficient groups in the NBA from prime to backside, with unbelievable depth and playoff confirmed younger expertise nearly in every single place. Nonetheless, they haven’t proven that they will constantly get everybody on the identical web page, producing to the team’s wants, when everyone seems to be wholesome. In the event that they discover that under the tree, they immediately resume their anticipated function as the team to beat in the East. — Snellings

10. Houston Rockets
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11   Three-1 OKC, BOS, @NO

Might signing Austin Rivers have been an early Christmas present? The Rockets really want some bench scoring, rating final in the NBA in that class with 27.Three factors per sport. If Rivers can carry out in addition to he did final season for the Clippers, it is going to be a lot simpler to hold James Harden’s minutes affordable and cut back Chris Paul’s workload when he returns from his strained hamstring. — MacMahon

11. LA Clippers
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10   2-2 SAC, @LAL, SA

Whenever you pine for the sunshine of a pleasant gaze, for the holidays you may’t beat house, candy house! — “(There’s No Place Like) House for the Holidays.”

This yr, the Clips could be joyful to defer their items in favor of Christmas in July. They’re after the greatest free-agent signing in franchise historical past. All eyes in the Clippers’ group are on L.A.-native Kawhi Leonard, toiling away in the We The North (Pole). They’re additionally after Gold(en State) Rings, these belonging to Kevin Durant. — Arnovitz

12. Portland Path Blazers
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12   Three-1 @UTAH, @GS, GS, PHI

The Blazers want … drumroll please … Carmelo Anthony. Portland has had its struggles with bench scoring. If Anthony is ok with the function, he may match the invoice as the Blazers’ main scorer off the bench and take stress of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. The issue is, nonetheless, that Melo turned down the Blazers twice beforehand. — Spears

13. San Antonio Spurs
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18   Three-1 DEN, @DEN, @LAC

San Antonio needs for some consistency from six-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge. The Spurs are 14-Three when Aldridge scores at the very least 20 factors, and Four-13 when he would not. His roller-coaster manufacturing is certainly one of the major causes the Spurs have been certainly one of the league’s most erratic groups — struggling three 30-plus losses in a span of 4 video games, and going 5-1 with all the victories coming by at the very least 25 factors inside just a few weeks. — MacMahon

14. Sacramento Kings
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14   2-2 @LAC, LAL, @LAL

The Kings want to give Buddy Hield a present for his birthday, for Christmas and for the means he has been enjoying in a breakthrough season. The Bahamian is averaging a team-high 20.1 factors with 5.1 rebounds and a pair of.1 assists. — Spears

15. Charlotte Hornets
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20   2-1 @BKN, BKN, @WAS

The Hornets are wishing for one other scorer under their Christmas tree to take some stress off of Kemba Walker. And no, it isn’t proprietor Michael Jordan. Walker is averaging 25 factors and the Hornets don’t have every other participant who can rating over 15 factors per sport. There was hope that Malik Monk and rookie Miles Bridges can fill that invoice, however they haven’t stepped up their sport constantly. Perhaps the Hornets ought to have gone after Austin Rivers earlier than he signed with Houston. — Spears

16. Utah Jazz
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19   2-2 POR, PHI, NY

Utah’s excellent present? The primary prolonged groove of the season for slumping sophomore Donovan Mitchell. The hope was that Mitchell would turn into extra environment friendly on the heels of his sensational rookie season. His effectivity has as a substitute dipped, as his subject objective share (40.6) ranks 29th amongst 30 gamers who common at the very least 20 factors. He has confirmed that he is able to occurring weeks-long scoring binges, and the Jazz may actually use one soon as they fight to climb up the West standings. — MacMahon

17. Memphis Grizzlies
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13   1-Three CLE, BOS

Memphis needs Marc Gasol may return to his dominant type from November, when he averaged 19.5 factors and 10.Three rebounds with a 60.1 true taking pictures share. However he additionally averaged 37.2 minutes, and that workload seems to be as if it has taken a toll. His December stats: 12.Three factors and 6.Eight rebounds per sport with a 45.2 true taking pictures share. The Grizzlies went 9-6 in November and are Four-Eight in December. — MacMahon

18. Miami Warmth
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24   Three-Zero TOR, CLE, MIN

The Warmth would love to discover the Justise Winslow from Dec. 7-10 under the tree, and have the opportunity to deploy that wholesome participant for the entirety of 2019. Throughout that three-game stretch, Winslow averaged 23.Zero factors, 7.Zero rebounds, 5.7 assists, Three.7 Three-pointers and 1.Three steals earlier than injuring his ankle the subsequent sport. The Warmth want one other robust wing reverse Josh Richardson, and if Winslow can turn into that, with their elite protection, the Warmth turn into a wholesome level guard away from competing. — Snellings

19. Detroit Pistons
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16   1-Three WAS, @IND, @ORL

The Pistons want for Ish Smith to be wholesome once more, or to commerce for one other creator on offense. The Pistons have been terrible of late, and you’ll nearly hint the struggles again to when Smith first went down due to a groin pressure. Detroit, which does not have a ton of ballhandling exterior of Blake Griffin and the extremely inconsistent Reggie Jackson, would not have the depth to stand up to illnesses like this one. Jose Calderon, at 37, should not be the reply. — Herring

20. Dallas Mavericks
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15   Zero-Four NO, @NO, OKC

Dallas needs for an unofficial farewell tour that enables Dirk Nowitzki to exit on the respectable word that he deserves. Dallas is Zero-5 when Nowitzki has performed, a undeniable fact that he is painfully conscious of. He actually is not the sole reason behind their current downswing, however Nowitzki has unsurprisingly struggled after a tough eight-month restoration from left ankle surgical procedure. He is averaging solely 2.2 factors per sport in very restricted minutes (Eight per sport) whereas taking pictures 30.Eight p.c from the subject. His internet score: minus-30.2 factors per 100 possessions. — MacMahon

21. Brooklyn Nets
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22   Three-1 CHA, @CHA, @MIL

So name in your angels, your crushed and damaged. It is time that we mend them, so they do not fade with the season — “A New York Christmas.”

The Nets have rebounded properly over the previous couple of weeks, however to succeed going ahead, they desperately want a wholesome Caris LeVert to mend his dislocated foot. Regardless of the grotesque damage, LeVert didn’t require surgical procedure and will return this season. That may give the Nets a boon of their quest for the No. Eight seed in the Japanese Convention playoff race. — Arnovitz

22. New Orleans Pelicans
Document: 15-19

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17   Zero-Three @DAL, DAL, HOU

How about some success in the well being division? The beginning 5 the Pelicans used to begin the season has a internet score of plus-26.6 factors per 100 possessions. The issue: That lineup has performed a grand whole of 65 minutes due to accidents, particularly an ankle sprain and fractured finger which have restricted level guard Elfrid Payton to solely six video games. New Orleans wants Payton and energy ahead Nikola Mirotic (ankle) to get on the ground and again in type soon to have any hope of getting again in the West playoff combine. — MacMahon

23. Minnesota Timberwolves
Document: 15-18

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21   2-2 @CHI, ATL, @MIA

The Wolves are wishing for a jersey to retire Kevin Garnett’s outdated No. 21 in the rafters. It was good to see KG again on good phrases with the Timberwolves as he attended a current sport after being at odds. The long run Corridor of Famer is the best participant in franchise historical past as he ranks No. 1 in factors, video games performed, minutes, subject objectives, free throws, assists, steals and blocks. — Spears

24. Orlando Magic
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23   Zero-Three PHX, TOR, DET

The Magic will ultimately want to herald perimeter assist, significantly an elite level guard, to full their rebuild. That’s the future, although. For now, their greatest vacation want could be for younger bigs Mo Bamba and Jonathan Isaac to progress from proficient prospects to influence execs. If Bamba and Isaac turn into elite defenders to complement Nikola Vucevic’s and Aaron Gordon’s robust offense, the Magic could be a fringe participant or two away from critically competing. — Snellings

25. Washington Wizards
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25   1-Three @DET, CHI, CHA

The Wizards want for a wholesome, a lot better model of Otto Porter Jr. for the remainder of the season. At 25, he’s nonetheless younger sufficient to present enchancment at this stage of his profession, however the second yr of his max contract hasn’t been encouraging but. He has been underwhelming on each ends of the ground and hasn’t been wholesome of late. The struggling Wizards will nearly actually want extra constant manufacturing from Porter to flip their season round and make a late run at a playoff berth. — Herring

26. Atlanta Hawks
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28   Three-Zero IND, @MIN, CLE

Sometime soon all of us can be collectively, if the fates enable. Till then we’ll have to muddle via in some way — “Have Your self a Merry Little Christmas” (authentic Judy Garland lyrics).

The Hawks aren’t wanting under the tree for a glitzy present that gives immediate gratification. They’d be happier with a financial savings bond, a present they will stash away for future payoff. And in case you occur to have the successful lottery pingpong ball mixture for the 2019 NBA draft, they’d fortunately settle for that too. — Arnovitz

27. Phoenix Suns
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29   2-2 @ORL, OKC, DEN

What do the Suns want most? Just a few hundred DVDs to give to media members to allow them to understand how properly the No. 1 decide Deandre Ayton is enjoying. A lot respect has gone towards Dallas rookie Luka Doncic on his excellent begin, however Ayton can be off to a powerful begin averaging a double-double of 16.Three factors and 10.6 rebounds whereas additionally dishing 2.Three assists per sport. The Suns’ West-worst report is working towards Ayton, however they’re enjoying higher of late. — Spears

28. New York Knicks
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26   Zero-Three MIL, @MIL, @UTAH

The Knicks need to discover a “repeat-this-month-indefinitely” button under the Christmas tree that they will use for Emmanuel Mudiay’s taking pictures. Mudiay has averaged 20.Three factors (47.6 subject objective, 76.Eight free throw, 36.Zero Three-point percentages) throughout the month of December, and has upped that to 25.Four PPG on 54.1 taking pictures throughout the previous 5 video games. With rookie Kevin Knox additionally balling (20.Three factors and, 6.6 rebounds per sport throughout his previous seven), an improved Mudiay would give them one other respectable future piece on the contender they’re attempting to construct in New York. — Snellings

29. Chicago Bulls
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30   2-2 MIN, @WAS, @TOR

The Bulls simply desire a wholesome core group of younger gamers. It is exhausting to think about this group turning into particular in some unspecified time in the future if its finest younger gamers by no means develop true chemistry. Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine have logged a complete of 11 minutes collectively this season (and simply 255 final season) due to accidents. These three and Wendell Carter Jr. badly want constant simultaneous reps in some unspecified time in the future so Chicago can assess how they match collectively. — Herring

30. Cleveland Cavaliers
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27   1-Three @MEM, @MIA, @ATL

The Cavs are wishing for a team keen to ship over a very good asset for Kevin Love’s monumental contract, after which to ultimately win one more No. 1 decide throughout the draft lottery. Regardless of Cleveland’s dropping, the membership continues to be in an ungainly no-man’s land: Cleveland is caught in a rebuild, but is giving appreciable minutes to middle-aged vets who won’t be a part of the long-term reply. One thing wants to shake them out of that center floor. — Herring

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