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NBA Schedule Release: The Season's 10 Biggest Games

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It would be delusional to think that some of the biggest games of the year wouldn't feature LeBron James. But between all of the comebacks, rivalries and revamped teams, there will be a great set of matchups for fans to focus in on.

Here's a list of 10 of them.

10. Jan. 31: Cleveland Cavaliers at Minnesota Timberwolves

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10. Jan. 31: Cleveland Cavaliers at Minnesota Timberwolves

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Kevin Love backlash plus Andrew Wiggins' trade frustration should make Jan. 31 in Minnesota must-see TV.

9. Dec. 25: Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers

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9. Dec. 25: Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers

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In the spirit of the NBA’s annual Christmas Day hatred game, we get to see if new coach Steve Kerr keeps the same underdog anger in the Warriors that Mark Jackson instilled in them.

With one game already under their belts -- in November -- Game 2 against the Clippers should produce plenty of holiday fireworks.

8. Mar. 12: Cleveland Cavaliers at San Antonio Spurs

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8. Mar. 12: Cleveland Cavaliers at San Antonio Spurs

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LeBron’s worst two NBA Finals losses came at the hands of Tim Duncan, but he gets his second chance at revenge at a time where his new team should be jelling.

Hopefully the air conditioning is working in San Antonio at this time of year.

7. Oct. 30: Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers

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7. Oct. 30: Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers

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Not only is this a preview of a potential Western Conference Finals matchup, but it's also the start of the Steve Ballmer era as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers franchise.

Let’s see if he can erase 33 years of Donald Sterling.

6. Dec. 11: Cleveland Cavaliers at Oklahoma City Thunder

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6. Dec. 11: Cleveland Cavaliers at Oklahoma City Thunder

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LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant, aka the battle of the last two people to take hold of the last three regular season MVPs.

While James has owned this matchup 10-3, it should be interesting to see how his new cast of characters match up to the likes of Serge Ibaka and the forever ball-hungry Russell Westbrook.

5. Nov. 26: Milwaukee Bucks at Minnesota Timberwolves

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5. Nov. 26: Milwaukee Bucks at Minnesota Timberwolves

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Rookie of the Year candidates Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker have been ranked No. 1 and No. 2 since their high school days. And they will get to show why in their first official game as the league’s top two picks.

Unfortunately for Wiggins, the pending trade for Kevin Love suddenly puts him on the side of the weaker team in Minnesota.

4. Oct. 31: Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls

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4. Oct. 31: Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls

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LeBron’s homecoming will be immediately followed by the Chicago return of Derrick Rose. Many believe that these are the two top teams in the Eastern Conference, so the early revival of their old hatred should make for some playoff style excitement.

3. Jan. 21: Oklahoma City Thunder at Washington Wizards

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3. Jan. 21: Oklahoma City Thunder at Washington Wizards

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As soon as homecoming became the new trend in basketball, all speculation turned to the possibility of Kevin Durant returning to the D.C. area.

The flames were only fueled more by the Wizards signing KD’s old high school coach.

So get ready for the MVP’s return to look like LeBron’s feverish 2013-14 Cleveland treatment where it was plenty of cheers.

2. Oct. 30: New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers

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2. Oct. 30: New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers

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No disrespect to the champs in San Antonio or anyone playing on the first two nights of the season, but the most anticipated game to start the year is LeBron James’ debut back in Cleveland with his two new sidekicks -- Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving -- against one of his best friends and rivals, Carmelo Anthony.

1. Dec. 25: Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat

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1. Dec. 25: Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat

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This game and date has been circled on every fan's NBA calendar ever since the moment LeBron James’ “I’m Coming Home” essay hit the Sports Illustrated website.

We get to see friends and former teammates -- James and Wade -- go to war against each other like they did in the pre-Big Three days all under the watchful eye of Pat Riley.

You're almost guaranteed to be entertained.