NBA Season Opener Preview
NBA Opening Night Preview
Cavaliers vs. Bulls
Cleveland and Chicago face off in what many are considering the possible matchup for the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Cavaliers fresh off of representing the East last year look to continue their reign. However, they are going in to this game as an incomplete team. Kyrie will not be available for at least half the season it seems, and LeBron is still recovering from a back injury. Not to mention Kevin Love hasn’t seen play in a game since his shoulder injury last season against the Celtics.
Chicago is coming in as a more complete team hoping to overthrow the reigning East champs. Derrick Rose will start after seeing small minutes the last preseason game while recovering from his fractured orbital socket. The Bulls want to start this season with a statement, proving that if they are healthy, they will be the ones to take down this Cleveland team.
My Prediction: The Bulls prove to be just slightly too much for the undermanned Cavs. The Bulls will get double figures from each starter which is what gives them the edge. LeBron still clears 30 points in an attempt to get the win.
Chicago 96- Cleveland 94
Pistons vs. Hawks
The sleeper game of the opening night pits last year’s #1 seed Atlanta against a Detroit team that finished 32-50.
The Pistons did hardly anything to bolster their roster this offseason. They possibly made it worse. This does not bode well for them heading into opening night.
The Atlanta Hawks look to repeat a 60-win season and prove they are not a one hit wonder. With the additions of Tiago Splitter and Tim Hardaway Jr., they made a step towards staying relevant.
My Prediction: The Hawks go in heavy favorites and come out showing why. They get the same kind of all around production that they had last year. The Pistons struggle to find an offensive identity and a true leader.
Atlanta 102- Detroit 85
Pelicans vs. Warriors
One of the most intriguing matchups possibly all season happens on opening night. The young and talented Pelicans team go to Oracle Arena to take on the defending NBA champions.
The Pelicans open the season against the team that ended their last season. The Pelicans were swept out, but left much intrigue as to what the future holds for this team. With Anthony Davis quickly rising to one of, if not the best player in the NBA, the Pelicans can’t be counted out. However, they may struggle tonight with Tyreke Evans still recovering from surgery, and Jrue Holiday facing minute restrictions.
The Warriors will receive their championship rings tonight, and hope to make a wining step towards joining the 90’s Bulls as the only team to win over 60 games in back-to-back seasons. With all pieces of last year’s team except David Lee returning, they are poised to have that chance.
My Prediction: The Warriors will pickup right where they left off last season. The Pelicans just don’t have enough healthy pieces to contend with Golden State.
Warriors 110- Pelicans 98