Los Angeles Clippers (8-3)
Thanksful for ... the best backcourt in the league. The Clippers boast an embarrassment of riches at the guard position, leading with MVP candidate Chris Paul, who is anchoring the league's best team to few people's surprise. But the Clippers couldn't have predicted this type of production from their other top two guards, Jamal Crawford and Eric Bledsoe. Crawford has put a gloomy season in Portland behind him to average 25.0 points per 36 minutes this season, the most of his bucket-filled career. He's become L.A.'s top scorer, taking offensive pressure off Paul and Blake Griffin, and making a strong push for his second Sixth Man of the Year award. Then there's the jitterbug, Bledsoe, who is dying for more minutes (19.2 per game). Bledsoe's scoring per 36 is second on the Clippers only to Crawford (19.6), and his perimeter defense might be second to none. If the Clippers' guard play wasn't impressive enough already, wait until Chauncey Billups returns next month.
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