The NBA season kicks off tomorrow with a couple of big games, including a rematch of last years' Eastern Conference Finals. The Boston Celtics and defending champion Miami Heat tip off Tuesday night. Expect this game to be an contentious one as former Celtic Ray Allen makes his debut for the Heat. Miami also added Rashard Lewis to the mix as they look to make their path to a second consecutive championship a little easier. Then the focus shifts to the West coast and the Staples Center as the Los Angeles Lakers face off against the Dallas Mavericks. The Lakers will debut Steve Nash and Dwight Howard against a Mavericks squad struggling with injuries to Dirk Nowitzki, who is recovering from knee surgery, and Chris Kaman. It means the newly acquired Eddy Curry will have to step up for the Mavericks against the Lakers.
The Clippers start the 2012-2013 campaign on Halloween against the team they took to seven games in the opening round of the playoffs last year, the Memphis Grizzles.
Tuesday, Oct. 30th:
John Wall and Kyrie Irving square off in a game featuring teams that won a combined 41 games last season.
Boston Celtics at Miami Heat, 8:00 p.m. ET, TNT
The Heat start the 2012-2013 looking to take down the same team they beat in last years conference finals.
Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
The first test for the revamped Lakers is getting past a limping Mavericks squad.
Wednesday, Oct. 31st:
Two teams looking to build off low-seeded playoff appearances from a year ago.
Indiana looks to continue their surprising success from a season ago.
Can the newly acquired James Harden and Jeremy Lin breathe life into a team that missed the playoffs by two games last year?
The Spurs should have no problems opening their season against the Western Conference's worst team in 2011-2012.
Amid swirling speculation about the team's future, can they focus and get a win over the reigning Eastern Conference Champions?
Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz, 9:00 p.m. ET, NBA League Pass
Two teams with an identical record a year ago but the Mavericks will be playing their second game in as many days.
Can the Suns be successful without Steve Nash for the first time in eight seasons?
Los Angeles Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. ET, NBA League Pass
Portland lost seven straight to end their season and playoff hopes in 2011-2012.
Memphis Grizzles at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m. ET, NBA League Pass
Can the Grizzles avenge an opening round playoff loss to the Clippers from a year ago?
Thursday, Nov. 1st:
The Nets christen the new Barclays Center with a game over their Manhattan rivals.
Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
The Thunder will look to take care of business without James Harden against their Western Conference Finals opponent from a year ago.