The NBA released its schedule on Tuesday, and while all games must be played on the court and not on paper, it is fun to start planning for highly anticipated matchups.
In the case of the Detroit Pistons, all games are highly anticipated at the moment, given the amount of huge offseason moves the team just pulled off.
Everyone is excited to see how this roster and the new pieces will fit together.
Here are the most highly anticipated games for the Detroit Pistons in the 2013-14 season.
Just about any season and just about any fanbase would be excited when the Oklahoma City Thunder come to town. They feature two of the greatest stars in the league with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
They also have one of the more exciting big men in Serge Ibaka.
What makes this fun for Detroit Pistons fans is how the new faces in town will match up against them.
Additionally, there is going to be an athletic big man free-for-all down low between Andre Drummond and Ibaka.
All-in-all, this is going to be a fun game to watch and a nice early-season measuring stick for the Pistons.
This is an exciting game for a number of reasons, the biggest being that the Chicago Bulls are likely going to be the top team in this division.
Additionally, this will be the first time that Detroit fans will get to see Derrick Rose in nearly two years.
The Pistons and Bulls are somewhat similarly built in that they each have very big frontcourt units and lightning-quick point guards. They also will be featuring young and somewhat untested shooting guards.
Matchup-wise, the Bulls look like a much better team. Their bigs are older and more savvy, and their guards should be able to impose their will on Detroit on both sides of the court.
But this should also be a nice barometer opportunity for the young Pistons.
This will be the Pistons' first opportunity to square off against the champs.
This also will be the first time that Pistons fans get to see how their big lineup will fare against the league's top small-ball squad.
Matchup-wise, this should be a tough game for Detroit. The Heat struggled at times last year against big teams, but they also ultimately won against all comers.
The Pistons will need to pound the ball down low and try to abuse Chris Bosh and LeBron James. They also will end up leaning heavily on Smith to keep the king in check.
Overall, the Heat may be in trouble here against a hungry Pistons team.
The Indiana Pacers have emerged as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
Their mix of size up front to go along with a super-athletic star in Paul George will be a tough matchup for just about every opponent in the league.
That being said, the Pistons match up on paper fairly well against the Pacers. They feature their own athletic freak in Smith and a huge frontcourt of their own.
It will be interesting to see how the Pacers attack Detroit. Likely, the ball will go through David West, and the Pistons will have to likely throw Drummond at him given Greg Monroe's defensive limitations.
This game will be a good pre-Christmas gift for Pistons fans.
I know what you are thinking. Why the heck would a game between the Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers be noteworthy?
For starters, the Pistons and Cavs will likely be competing for one of the final playoff spots in the East. These are two of the youngest, most up-and-coming squads in the conference, and this will be a good late-season game between two teams that are trying to make some noise.
This also should be a fun game for the fans in the sense that Pistons fans will finally have a good point guard to send up against the Cavs' budding superstar, Kyrie Irving.
Both teams should be rounding into shape by this point, so this should be a really fun game between two teams that are on the rise.