James Harden and Kevin Durant won't be guarding each-other tonight in Oklahoma City, but their statistical matchup will be monitored closely throughout the game.
Harden will be Durant's enemy for the first time on an NBA court, but they've already been competing for early Most Valuable Player consideration.
Four weeks into the 2012-13 NBA season, LeBron James looks like he could be on his way to his fourth MVP award.
However, when you consider Michael Jordan was voted regular season MVP "only" five times, you realize that another player enjoying a great season may get the benefit of the doubt. Just ask Charles Barkley or Karl Malone.
So far, there are several players that are pushing LeBron. Durant was expected to as last season's runner-up, but Harden has emerged as a top candidate as well.
Here are the NBA's Top 10 MVP Leaders almost a month into the 2012-13 season.
*statistics accurate as of Tuesday November 27