5 First-Week NBA Games You Must Watch

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5 First-Week NBA Games That You Must Watch

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The NBA season is finally here. After several weeks of meaningless preseason games teasing us with the action and storylines to come, we finally get to glimpse the real thing.

This year is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory, which is saying a lot. The NBA has been in the beginnings of another golden era for a few seasons now. There are great teams at the top, led by great players, including one who is forcing his name into any conversation of the best players ever. In fact, LeBron James and the Miami Heat are hoping to force their name as a team in the conversation of best teams ever this year.

We also have a strong group of good teams just below them that have no lack of storylines themselves. The Chicago Bulls bring back former MVP Derrick Rose and will be the best contender to the Heat’s throne. Another Eastern Conference team that could make some noise come playoff time will be the Brooklyn Nets, who spent the offseason doubling-down on their roster. They will either ride their new veterans deep into the playoffs or crash and burn mightily. Either way, I want to see what happens.

The Western Conference has plenty to offer as well, including Dwight Howard on the Houston Rockets and Doc Rivers coaching the Los Angeles Clippers. Both teams have championship aspirations, but both teams have serious question marks about their best players as well.

All in all it’s going to be another great NBA season, and these are the 5 games to watch in the first week.

Ben Sullivan is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bensullivan52, "Like" him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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5. Brooklyn Nets at Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Nets open their seasons against each other on Wednesday night. How the Nets will put together all their pieces is one of the best storylines in the league, and Cleveland is a sleeper to make some noise in the East this season.

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4. Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Clippers

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After a few more defacto preseason games, the Rockets have their first real test when they close out the first week of NBA action against the Clippers. All eyes will be on both teams this year.

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3. Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets

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The new-look Nets have their home opener Friday night against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. Now that sounds pretty must-watch to me.

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2. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers

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The Clippers unveil the new banners when they have their first regular season home game against the Golden State Warriors, a popular dark horse pick in the West this year, on Thursday night.

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1. Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls

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The Heat and the Bulls open the NBA season with a bang. Derrick Rose starts his first regular season game in a year and half on the same floor the Heat will celebrate their second straight championship. I can't wait; it's going to be one amazing season.

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