The NBA regular season is finally upon us. We made it.
Another exciting off-season comes to an end in dramatic fashion as four playoff teams meet tonight. Every team has hope. Some fans hope their team lose every game and get the first pick in the draft (R.J. Barrett whatup?) while other fans hope their team is a legit contender, how can an NBA fan not be happy today?
Opening night features two intriguing match-ups
First up is Philadelphia at Boston on TNT at 8 pm
This is a rematch from the second round playoff series that the 76ers improbably lost to the undermanned Celtics. A healthy Celtics team should strike fear in the heart of any Eastern Conference team. The 76ers stayed relatively pat this off-season and we will get to see if the new found confidence of Markelle Fultz translates to a live basketball game. Two things to watch for:
Will the Celtics be able to neutralize the elite passing ability of Ben Simmons like in the playoffs?
Can Kyrie get everyone involved on a stacked Celtics roster?
The Nightcap is Oklahoma City at Golden State on TNT at 1030pm
The last time OKC took the court they were bounced by a less talented but more cohesive Jazz team. Golden State can’t be stopped unless they stop themselves. Until Roberson returns healthy, it will be hard for OKC to have the players to be an elite team in the West. The addition of Shroder is timely considering they will likely be without Russ on opening night. Golden State is favored in this early season match up, but don’t be surprised if these two team square off in the playoffs. Two things to watch for:
Can Paul George keep this game close and go for his own triple double?
Will Golden State score 130 points tonight?
The first game is a better match-up on paper, but does anyone really care?
THE NBA IS BACK.