Wednesday’s slate features 11 games with opening night for 22 different teams across the NBA.

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Some of the biggest storylines we’re following:

  • Rematch of last year’s epic 7-game postseason thriller between the Nuggets and Blazers
  • Al Horford‘s first game with the 76ers comes against his old team in a game that Kemba Walker also makes his Celtics debut
  • Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis take the floor as teammates for the first time in regular-season action
  • Ja Morant, RJ Barrett, Darius Garland and Coby White are among rookies making their NBA debuts
  • Jimmy Butler dons the Miami Heat jersey for the first time at home

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For the first time since 2010-11, Charlotte embarks on a season without Kemba Walker. Terry Rozier leads the Hornets against an intriguing Bulls team that features Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen.

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The Pistons will be without star forward Blake Griffin to begin the season. Griffin is continuing treatment and rehab for left hamstring and knee soreness. The team announced that he will be re-evaluated for a return in the first week of November.

Indiana will be leaning on Myles Turner, Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis to start the season while they await the eventual return of All-Star Victor Oladipo who is still recovering from a quad injury sustained last season.

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Kevin Love leads a Cavaliers team that features the youngest backcourt in the league in Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. They’ll open against an Orlando team looking to improve upon last year’s 42-40 record and seventh-place finish in the East.

In addition to All-Star big man Nikola Vucevic, keep an eye on both Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac, two wild cards who could end up playing huge roles for the Magic in 2019-20.

Celtics at 76ers

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Kemba Walker makes his Celtics debut against a revamped Philadelphia team that projects to be the biggest in the league. The 76ers will likely start 6’10” Ben Simmons, 6’6″ Josh Richardson, 6’9″ Tobias Harris, 6’10” Al Horford and 7’0″ Joel Embiid, a towering group that has the potential to be the best defensive unit in the NBA.

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The Grizzlies are building an exciting young core headlined by Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr., a dynamic young duo that could ultimately develop into one of the best 1-2 punches in the league. On the other end is Jimmy Butler who is once again the focal point and No. 1 option for a team some like as a sleeper to compete for the 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.

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Brooklyn begins its next chapter following an offseason haul of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. While Durant is expected to miss the entire season while he continues to rehab from an Achilles injury sustained in the NBA Finals, Irving will be in the lineup and looking to carry a Nets team back to the postseason.

For Minnesota, all eyes are on Karl-Anthony Towns who ended last season on a roll and could be in line for a monster statistical season after averaging over 28 points and 13 rebounds over the final 20 games of 2018-19.

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Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are on the short list for most intriguing duos and have the potential to play the role of postseason spoiler in a hyper-competitive Western Conference.

Meanwhile, Bradley Beal is staying put following his contract extension which ends the rampant speculation looming over Washington’s season. With their best folder in the fold, the Wizards can focus squarely on improving around their All-Star guard.

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The Spurs begin their quest for an NBA record 23rd consecutive postseason. LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan are back as is promising young point guard Dejounte Murray who missed all of last season with a torn ACL.

New York may have missed out on some big names in free agency, but still had an incredibly busy offseason. Knicks fans will be watching intently to see how free agent signing Julius Randle and No. 3 overall draft pick RJ Barrett fit alongside Dennis Smith Jr., Mitchell Robinson and Kevin Knox.

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For the first time since moving to Oklahoma City, the Thunder enter a season without Russell Westbrook. Paul George is also gone meaning the Thunder now revolve around Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Chris Paul and Danilo Gallinari.

Utah made some serious noise in the offseason, adding Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic to a core featuring Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. For the first time in two decades, the Jazz enter a season with legitimate championship aspirations as they are projected to finish towards the top of a crowded Western Conference.

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Perhaps the best game of the slate features a pair of MVP hopefuls in Nikola Jokic and Damian Lillard who get right back to business following their epic seven-game playoff series in last year’s Western Conference Finals. One intriguing player to keep an eye on is Denver’s Michael Porter Jr., the 2018 lottery pick who sat out all of last season but is healthy and back in the mix for a Nuggets team that could finish with the best record in the West.

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Two exciting young cores meet in Phoenix to kickstart the season. De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley lead a Kings team that’s attempting to end the NBA’s longest postseason draught. They haven’t made the playoffs since 2006 and were in contention late into last season before eventually falling out of the race in the final few weeks.

The Suns meanwhile are hoping that Year 2 of the Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton pairing leads to more wins as they’re looking to improve oon last year’s 19-63 finish.



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