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Ten must see games in the 2017-18 NBA Season

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  1. Los Angeles Clippers v. Los Angeles Lakers (October 19, 2017)

Lonzo Ball makes his NBA debut against the Clippers in the battle for Los Angeles. Although the Clippers have dominated in recent years, the Lakers are still looked at as the class organization in the City of Angels. The comments made by his father Lavar Ball surrounding his son have created a highly anticipated entrance to the league.

 

  1. Houston Rockets v. Los Angeles Clippers (January 15, 2017)

Chris Paul makes his return to the city of Los Angeles against his old team. He led the Clippers in their greatest years as a franchise but could never get past the second round of the playoffs. Paul left all-star teammates Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan in the dust while he joined MVP candidate James Harden to make a championship run.

 

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers v. Los Angeles Lakers (March 11, 2017)

Throughout the offseason there has been a lot of speculation between LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Many people believe James will be joining Lonzo Ball and the Lakers next July. Ball and James’ hostile history combined with a matchup between James’ old and possibly new team makes for an interesting regular season game.

 

  1. Golden State Warriors v. Minnesota Timberwolves (March 11, 2017)

The best team in the NBA is going up against one of the best upcoming teams in the league. Although in recent years the Timberwolves have not had much success, their core of Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler now have the combined experience and talent to take on any team in the league, even if they are the defending champions.

 

  1. Philadelphia 76ers v. Los Angeles Lakers (November 15, 2017)

The first two picks of the last two drafts will be going up against each other in a matchup of the two best young teams in the association. Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram lead a new era in Lakers Basketball while “The Process” is finally looking to work as Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are joined by first overall pick Markelle Fultz.

 

  1. Golden State Warriors v. San Antonio Spurs (November 2, 2017)

These two juggernauts collided in last year’s Western Conference Finals but after Kawhi Leonard got hurt in the third quarter of game one it led to a 4-0 sweep by the Warriors. The Spurs will be looking for revenge against the defending champions that they were beating by 20 before Kawhi went down.

 

  1. Houston Rockets v. Golden State Warriors (October 17, 2017)

The two best teams in the Western Conference face off in a matchup that should give a look into what is to come late in the playoffs. It will also be Chris Paul’s debut as a part of the Houston Rockets and it will show if last year’s assist leader James Harden can share ball-handling responsibilities. The Warriors will receive their rings and then go up against a team with extreme offensive talent that should allow for a high scoring and exciting affair.

 

  1. Golden State Warriors v. Oklahoma City Thunder (November 22, 2017)

As soon as Kevin Durant decided to leave the Thunder and join the Warriors an instant rivalry was born. Although their meetings last year were not tightly contested, Paul George joining the Thunder this offseason makes for a much better team to compete with Golden State. This game should be one of the most exciting games in the season and an early look into the Western Conference playoffs.

 

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers v. Golden State Warriors (December 25, 2017)

The Cavaliers will be highly motivated to beat the team that took care of them in the finals in five games and the Warriors are always motivated to beat the rival Cavaliers. The two best players in the NBA, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, will once again go at each other in a personal rivalry to prove their greatness above the other. This finals rematch will have the perfect mix of playoff atmosphere and intense competition to make a highly entertaining game.

 

  1. Boston Celtics v. Cleveland Cavaliers (October 17, 2017)

These two teams met in the Eastern Conference Finals last year and after an active offseason their ongoing rivalry has grown. Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving requested a trade and was traded to the Celtics in a package that included Isaiah Thomas. Thomas, a MVP candidate, will be looking for revenge against the franchise that traded him away and Irving will be going up against LeBron James for the first time after being traded. The first game of the season will have a playoff atmosphere and will give the best look into a possible playoff series making it the regular season game no one can miss.

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