The NBA has released the official schedule for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Here’s the lowdown on what to expect this season.
Season will tip-off on October 27 with the Chicago Bulls facing the Eastern Conference champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers, at home. The reigning NBA Champions Golden State Warriors will also go head-to-head with the New Orleans Pelicans. The Detroit Pistons vs Atlanta Hawks first match up will also be played that night.
Sports Illustrated notes that the Cavs vs Bulls and GSW vs NOLA will be broadcasted on TNT.
Some of the more interesting match ups will happen towards the Holiday season.
On November 11, the Los Angeles Clippers will face the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. What makes the game a must watch was the off-season negotiations between DeAndre Jordan and the two teams.
DJ initially committed to joining the Mavs, but negotiations failed last minute when his LAC crew reportedly visited him at home and forced him to stay with the Clippers, Yibada noted.
November 11 will be the first time Jordan will face his would-have-been team.
“If DeAndre Jordan thinks he had trouble making up his mind between Dallas and L.A., wait till he tries playing with his ears bleeding. When Kiki Vandeweghe refused to join the Mavs back in 1980, Dallas fans booed him every time he touched the ball at old Reunion Arena. For 13 years!!!” Fran Binbury of NBA.com wrote.
Of course, one of the most awaited match ups this coming season is the rematch between NBA Finals teams, Cavaliers vs Warriors. NBA is gifting fans with this face off on December 25, as the headliner for the annual Christmas Day games.
Stephen Curry and the Warriors will host the first face off, then a few weeks later, LeBron James and his Cavaliers will play at home against GSW on January 18.
Other interesting games to watch out for this season are:
San Antonio Spurs at Portland Trail Blazers on Nov. 11
LaMarcus Aldridge will be suiting up for the Spurs after nine years with the Blazers.
Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 30
It may have been two seasons ago, but after leaving the Heat, LeBron continued to soar, while MIA fell flat. Mainly because of injuries. But with a healthy Chris Bosh, it will be interesting to see how Dwyane Wade and his men face LBJ and his new team.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves on October 28
There isn’t really any bad blood between these two teams, but the Lakers’ first game against the Wolves will mark the return of Kobe Bryant after being down with several injuries the past seasons.
Kobe believes that he’s in the best state yet. Will he be able to score a first game win and ultimately reach the Playoffs? Fans will soon find out.