10 Opening-Week Matchups NBA Fans Can't Afford to Miss

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10 Opening-Week Matchups NBA Fans Can't Afford to Miss
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The curtain call has concluded on South Beach. Scripts have been revised, and the dress rehearsal is over. The bright lights of the NBA are back this week, and it's about to get real.

Real drama, real stories and real outcomes that really matter.

Buy a ticket, set your DVR, download League Pass onto your iPhone and call off work for a while.

Starting on Tuesday, opening week of the NBA season will include 36 games before the final buzzer sounds on Saturday night.

The Miami Heat will begin their quest to repeat as NBA champions against the team they eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Ray Allen will match up with his former squad in the process, while Dwight Howard and Steve Nash take center stage with a new team.

The first overall pick will be welcomed to the NBA by a team filled with future Hall of Famers. The battle for New York supremacy will start in Brooklyn.

Houston will also give way to Linsanity and a new bearded teammate, while the Clippers fight for headlines in L.A.

The summer-long wait is now over. The NBA season has finally arrived.

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