The NBA knows exactly what its doing.
The creation of the schedule isn't random, and that's clearly visible with the release of the official 2012-13 schedule.
Christmas Day, once again, is full of intriguing matchups. The opening few weeks have plenty of thrillers. Rivals play each other at the perfect time. At first glance, you could seriously find a game well worth watching on every day of the season.
With that being said, fans are probably busy circling every day of the calender. So while there are certainly some better games out there, let's take a look at what might be some of the more underrated matchups on the schedule.
For a complete look at the 2012-13 NBA schedule, check out NBA.com.
Thursday, November 1: New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets
Professional sports finally returns to Brooklyn on Nov. 1 when the Nets host none other than the New York Knicks in what will be the beginning of the battle for the state of New York.
The Nets, obviously, have taken huge steps forward in the offseason, re-signing Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace and Brook Lopez, but also adding Joe Johnson to create a stacked starting five.
The Knicks haven't been quiet, either. New York may have become a lot less Linsane this summer, but the additions of Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd and plenty of bench depth should help the Knicks continue to be a contender in the East.
This would be a solid game without all the underlying factors. Add those in, however, and it has the chance to be an instant classic.
Wednesday, October 31: San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans Hornets
Huh? The Hornets.
Fans wouldn't usually be looking forward to New Orleans' first game of the season, but with No. 1 pick Anthony Davis in town, everyone will have their eyes on the Hornets.
Davis is one the most highly anticipated rookies of the past few years, and one of the players he has often been compared to is Tim Duncan, the man he'll match up with for the first game of the season.
What kind of reception will Jeremy Lin get?
Monday, December 17: Houston Rockets at New York Knicks
Will they boo him or will they cheer him?
They, of course, being the New York Knick fans and him being Jeremy Lin. After establishing himself as an international superstar in New York, Lin decided to sign Houston's offer sheet.
The assumption was that James Dolan would match the offer, but he let Lin walk, leaving an entire fanbase in absolute shock. Things might get a little awkward when Lin returns to Madison Square Garden.
One thing is for sure, though. I'll be watching.