NBA Schedule 2013-14: Early Games for Revamped Teams to Prove Themselves

Nate Levinson@@NateLevinsonCorrespondent IAugust 7, 2013

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The 2013-14 NBA schedule was released on Tuesday, and there are a number of exciting games early in the season that will separate the contenders from the pretenders.

Here's a look at some matchups in the early going that will allow teams to show off their revamped rosters.


Oklahoma City Thunder @ Detroit Pistons - November 8

The Thunder are firmly established as one of the top teams in the NBA, while the Pistons are looking to join the upper-echelon of teams in the Eastern Conference.

This matchup is the perfect opportunity for the Pistons to show the world that they are for real.

After adding Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings in the offseason, the Pistons' roster is more talented than it has been in several years.

Young big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe will look to take advantage of a Thunder team that has struggled with bigger teams in the past.

Smith will look to keep Kevin Durant in check and add a much-needed defensive presence for a Pistons team that ranked in the middle of pack defensively last year.


Brooklyn Nets @ Cleveland Cavaliers - October 30

This is the season opener for both teams, and one of the most fascinating matchups in the early part of the NBA season.

The Nets pulled off perhaps the biggest move of the offseason ( in adding Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to a team that already had Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson.

It's difficult to project how these players will fit together, but we'll have a better idea after watching this game.

The Cavliers, too, will be interesting to watch.

Having added Anthony Bennett, Andrew Bynum, Jarrett Jack and Earl Clark in the offseason, many are wondering if the Cavs will be serious playoff contenders this season.

This game will give us an early indication as to whether or not Cavs general manager Chris Grant's moves were a step in the right direction.


Golden State Warriors @ LA Clippers - October 31

This game will be the second game of the season for both teams, after each team plays the Lakers in their season opener.

After going to the Western Conference Semifinals last season, the Warriors added Andre Iguodala to an already talented squad.

His ability as a playmaker and his pass-first mentality should mesh perfectly with sharpshooter Stephen Curry, and the two will need to be at their best to beat the Clippers in this Halloween matchup.

Though the Clippers added a pair of great outside shooters in Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick (, the team's biggest move of the offseason was bringing in head coach Doc Rivers.

After a disappointing first-round playoff exit last season, all eyes will be on Rivers and superstar point guard Chris Paul.

The Clippers are capable of being the best team in the West and the Warriors provide a stiff test early in the season.