NBA Schedule 2013-14: Matchups, TV Listings and Predictions for Opening Week

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NBA Schedule 2013-14: Matchups, TV Listings and Predictions for Opening Week
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The 2013-14 NBA season tips off shortly, and the opening week of the campaign promises to be nothing short of thrilling.

There are a number of high-profile matchups and must-see showdowns that will feature the league’s most popular teams and brightest stars.

Let’s take a look at the complete schedule—including television info and predictions on the winner of each matchup. Plus, be sure to check out the handful of highlighted contests you can’t afford to miss as an NBA fan.

NBA Opening Week 2013-14 Schedule, TV Info and Predictions
Matchup Time (ET) Away TV Home TV Nat. TV Prediction
Tuesday, Oct. 29
Orlando at Indiana 7:00 PM FSFL FSMW IND
Chicago at Miami 8:00 PM TNT MIA
LA Clippers at LA Lakers 10:30 PM TNT LAC
Wednesday, Oct. 30
Milwaukee at New York 7:30 PM FSWI MSG NYK
Brooklyn at Cleveland 7:00 PM FSOH NBATV BRK
Miami at Philadelphia 7:00 PM SUN CSN MIA
Boston at Toronto 7:00 PM CSNN BOS
Washington at Detroit 7:30 PM CSNB FSDT WAS
Charlotte at Houston 8:00 PM TSOH CSN Houston HOU
Orlando at Minnesota 8:00 PM FSFL FSN MIN
Indiana at New Orleans 8:00 PM FSMW FSN NOP
Atlanta at Dallas 8:30 PM FSS FSSW DAL
Memphis at San Antonio 8:30 PM TSOH KENS MEM
Oklahoma City at Utah 9:00 PM FSOK FSRM OKC
Portland at Phoenix 10:00 PM KGW FSAZ POR
Denver at Sacramento 10:00 PM ALT KXTV SAC
LA Lakers at Golden State 10:30 PM TWC SN CSNB NBATV GSW
Thursday, Oct. 31
New York at Chicago 8:00 PM TNT CHI
Golden State at LA Clippers 10:30 PM TNT LAC
Friday, Nov. 1
Cleveland at Charlotte 7:00 PM FSOH TSOH CLE
New Orleans at Orlando 7:00 PM FSN FSFL ORL
Philadelphia at Washington 7:00 PM CN8PHI CSNB WAS
Toronto at Atlanta 7:30 PM FSS ATL
Milwaukee at Boston 7:30 PM FSWI CSNN BOS
Dallas at Houston 8:00 PM FSSW CSN Houston HOU
Detroit at Memphis 8:00 PM FSDT TSOH DET
Oklahoma City at Minnesota 8:00 PM FSOK FSN OKC
Miami at Brooklyn 8:00 PM SUN ESPN MIA
Portland at Denver 9:00 PM CSNN ALT DEN
Utah at Phoenix 10:00 PM FSRM FSAZ PHX
LA Clippers at Sacramento 10:00 PM FSW2 CSAC LAC
San Antonio at LA Lakers 10:30 PM KENS TWC SN ESPN SAS
Saturday, Nov. 2
Cleveland at Indiana 7:00 PM FSOH FSMW IND
Chicago at Philadelphia 7:30 PM WGN CSN NBATV CHI
Charlotte at New Orleans 8:00 PM TSOH FSN NOP
Memphis at Dallas 8:30 PM TSOH FSSW MEM
Toronto at Milwaukee 8:30 PM FSWI TOR
Houston at Utah 9:00 PM CSN Houston FSRM HOU
San Antonio at Portland 10:00 PM FSSW KGW SAS
Sacramento at Golden State 10:30 PM CSAC CSNB SAC
Sunday, Nov. 3
Minnesota at New York 7:30 PM FSN+ MSG NYK
Boston at Detroit 6:00 PM CSNN FSDT BOS
Washington at Miami 6:00 PM CSNB SUN MIA
Brooklyn at Orlando 6:00 PM WCBS FSFL ORL
Phoenix at Oklahoma City 7:00 PM FSAZ FSOK NBATV OKC
Atlanta at LA Lakers 9:30 PM FSS TWC SN LAL
Monday, Nov. 4
Minnesota at Cleveland 7:00 PM FSN FSOH CLE
Golden State at Philadelphia 7:00 PM CSNB CSN GSW
Boston at Memphis 8:00 PM CSNN TSOH MEM
Houston at LA Clippers 10:30 PM CSN Houston FSW2 NBATV LAC


Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat

This battle between Eastern Conference powerhouses will feature Derrick Rose’s regular-season return on national television against the back-to-back defending champion Heat.

D-Rose is expected to carry the Bulls to great heights in 2013-14 and should provide the toughest challenge to Miami’s chances at a three-peat. It’s not going to be easy, as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are back, along with a re-tooled supporting cast down in South Beach.

This is the first of four scheduled matchups between the two juggernauts, and each will be critical to the playoff seedings and conference standings.

While the early season is usually a time to shake off the rust and ease back into the grind, this game is going to have a postseason-like atmosphere and could be one of the best contests of the year.

Miami does hold home-court advantage and Rose hasn’t played a regular-season contest since the spring of 2012, giving the Heat a minor edge in this one. That should be the difference, but the final score will certainly be close.

Brooklyn Nets at Cleveland Cavaliers

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Perhaps no other teams in the entire NBA did more during the offseason to increase their playoff and title chances than the Nets and Cavaliers.

Brooklyn pulled off a megatrade to acquire proven veterans and former champions in Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry. The move greatly bolstered the starting lineup, and these new pieces promise to bring a defensive presence that the Nets were lacking in 2012-13.

Cleveland decided to make the leap from rebuilding squad to playoff contender by dumping Byron Scott and rehiring former coach Mike Brown, selecting Anthony Bennett with the top pick in the draft, signing a former All-Star center in Andrew Bynum and adding a veteran bench presence in Jarrett Jack, plus a number of other minor moves that should help them get through the regular season with a top-eight record in the East.

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We’ll get a chance to see these two vastly improved squads go head-to-head on Wednesday evening, and it should definitely be worth watching.

Expect the Nets to have an edge, as their aging veterans are well-rested and ready to make a run. The Cavs will need some time to find a rapport, especially with so many new pieces surrounding a young foundation. However, anything could happen in the NBA, so tune in.

Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers

The Dubs and Clips clash in a contest between two teams with dreams of capturing the Western Conference crown and competing in the NBA Finals at the conclusion of this season.

Both improved steadily over the summer, with L.A. finally nabbing a great coach by trading for Doc Rivers. The brass added perimeter shooting and defense to surround a core that features Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

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Golden State lost some key bench contributors in Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry, but brought in the versatile Andre Iguodala to help fill a number of holes on the roster.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will still shoulder the scoring load, but Iguodala could be a decent third option while also guarding the opposition’s top scorer, helping to facilitate the offense and banging for boards on both sides of the court.

This matchup will be our first real glimpse into how these personnel adjustments will impact both teams in 2013-14. It should be an exciting showdown, but the Clippers get the edge. Their defense should be enough to quell the Dubs’ offensive output and allow for a narrow victory.

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