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This Might Be James Harden’s Year

Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Dec. 7, 2017), Neil, Chris and Kyle explore the Cleveland Cavaliers’ current winning streak. After a tough start to the season, the Cavs have won 13 games in a row. How long can it last? Next, they break down what’s going so right for the Rockets’ James Harden this season. He is first or second in nearly every advanced metric and is the early favorite to be MVP. But will Harden’s excellence be enough for Houston to challenge Golden State this season? The Lab investigates. Plus, a small-sample segment on the recent string of star player ejections.

Here are links to what was discussed this week:

Neil Paine is a senior sportswriter for FiveThirtyEight.

Chris Herring is a senior sportswriter for FiveThirtyEight.

Kyle Wagner is a senior editor at FiveThirtyEight.