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NBA Tip-off: The 10 games you must watch

October 29, 2012

Basketball, Features, NBA

The NBA season has finally arrived, with the first games starting tomorrow when the Wizards play the Cavaliers. While many people may not be interested in that odd tip off game, there are plenty of games to look forward to in the first month of the season. Marquee matchups, rivalries and players returning to their old teams all make for interesting and exciting matchups. Here’s 10 games to look out for in the first month of the NBA season.

Boston Celtics @ Miami Heat. October 30th, 8 PM

One of the three games on the NBA’s opening night, this one is a rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals from last year. The Celtics always give the Heat a good test and they have developed a rivalry during the Big 3 era. An added bonus to this game is that it’s Ray Allen’s first game as a member of the Miami Heat against his old Celtics team. There has been a war of words between the two and we’re in for a great game when these two play on opening night.

Dallas Mavericks @ Los Angeles Lakers. October 30th, 10:30 PM

The third and final game on the NBA’s opening night, this will be the first time we see the new look Lakers team. I wouldn’t expect them to click right away, but this will be a good challenge for them in their first game of the year. The Mavericks are one of the deepest teams in the NBA. This game on opening night will be a good game to see both of these new teams.

San Antonio Spurs @ New Orleans Hornets. October 31st, 7 PM

Are the Spurs too old? We ask this question year after year and they are still always one of the best teams in the Western Conference. We won’t be able to tell this from one game against the Hornets, but this will be a great game to watch. The Spurs are one of the smartest teams in the league and it will be the first game for these new Hornets with the 1st overall pick Anthony Davis. This will be a good game and it’ll be interesting to see how the rookie Davis matches up with one of the greatest forwards on the past decade, Tim Duncan.

New York Knicks @ Brooklyn Nets. November 1st, 7 PM

The first game in the new Barclays Center also happens to be a battle between the two teams that are now in New York, the Knicks and the Nets. The Knicks are already banged up but they go into Brooklyn with high expectations for this season which largely fall on the shoulders of Carmelo Anthony. The Nets are also looking to get their season started right with a new team and a new stadium. The battle of New York will be one of the league’s new rivalries and it should be a good one.

Oklahoma City Thunder @ San Antonio Spurs. November 1st, 9:30 PM

A rematch from last years Western Conference Finals, the Spurs will definitely be looking for revenge in this game. They were leading the Thunder 2-0 in the series before losing 4 straight games and having us wonder once again if that was their last chance. The Thunder will also play their first game without James Harden, which is a big adjustment to make. Both of these teams are fun to watch, and this will be a great game between two of the best teams in the Western Conference.

Los Angeles Clippers @ Los Angeles Lakers. November 2nd, 10:30 PM

The Clippers made a big splash when they brought in Chris Paul last year, and for a little while they were the talk of the town in LA. After the offseason they’ve had though, it’s safe to say that everybody is talking about the Lakers this year. The rivalry between these two is bigger than it’s ever been, and they will play some exciting games this year, starting with this game on November 2nd.

Philadelphia 76’ers @ Boston Celtics. November 9th, 7:30 PM

The 76’ers surprised a lot of people with their play last year on their way to making the playoffs, but they are even better this year. Gone is Andre Iguodala, but the 76’ers brought in Andrew Bynum who will give them a go to guy on offense in the paint. The Celtics made some small changes of their own in the offseason, and this November 9th matchup will be a good test to see how these Atlantic division foes match up.

Miami Heat @ Denver Nuggets. November 15th, 10:30 pM

The Heat will be a great team and we all know that but this matchup with the Nuggets will be a high tempo game that will be a close, exciting watch for sure.

New York Knicks @ Houston Rockets. November 23rd, 8 PM

While this won’t be as interesting as the game these two play in New York, this will be the first game for Jeremy Lin against the team that his “Linsanity” took off with. While I’m not convinced Lin will be worth the money he got, I think he’ll definitely show up for this game and it’ll be a good one. I’d also expect Carmelo Anthony to have a pretty good game.

Houston Rockets @ Oklahoma City Thunder. November 28th, 8 PM

Now after the James Harden trade, this game on November 28th between the Rockets and Thunder will be one to watch. The Thunder crowd will treat Harden kindly, but he should have something to prove against the team that wouldn’t give him the money he wanted.

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