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

Alex KayCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2013

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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
MatchupTime (ET)Away TVHome TVNat. TVPrediction
Tuesday, Oct. 29
Orlando at Indiana7:00 PMFSFLFSMWIND
Chicago at Miami8:00 PMTNTMIA
LA Clippers at LA Lakers10:30 PMTNTLAC
Wednesday, Oct. 30
Milwaukee at New York7:30 PMFSWIMSGNYK
Brooklyn at Cleveland7:00 PMFSOHNBATVBRK
Miami at Philadelphia7:00 PMSUNCSNMIA
Boston at Toronto7:00 PMCSNNBOS
Washington at Detroit7:30 PMCSNBFSDTWAS
Charlotte at Houston8:00 PMTSOHCSN HoustonHOU
Orlando at Minnesota8:00 PMFSFLFSNMIN
Indiana at New Orleans8:00 PMFSMWFSNNOP
Atlanta at Dallas8:30 PMFSSFSSWDAL
Memphis at San Antonio8:30 PMTSOHKENSMEM
Oklahoma City at Utah9:00 PMFSOKFSRMOKC
Portland at Phoenix10:00 PMKGWFSAZPOR
Denver at Sacramento10:00 PMALTKXTVSAC
LA Lakers at Golden State10:30 PMTWC SNCSNBNBATVGSW
Thursday, Oct. 31
New York at Chicago8:00 PMTNTCHI
Golden State at LA Clippers10:30 PMTNTLAC
Friday, Nov. 1
Cleveland at Charlotte7:00 PMFSOHTSOHCLE
New Orleans at Orlando7:00 PMFSNFSFLORL
Philadelphia at Washington7:00 PMCN8PHICSNBWAS
Toronto at Atlanta7:30 PMFSSATL
Milwaukee at Boston7:30 PMFSWICSNNBOS
Dallas at Houston8:00 PMFSSWCSN HoustonHOU
Detroit at Memphis8:00 PMFSDTTSOHDET
Oklahoma City at Minnesota8:00 PMFSOKFSNOKC
Miami at Brooklyn8:00 PMSUNESPNMIA
Portland at Denver9:00 PMCSNNALTDEN
Utah at Phoenix10:00 PMFSRMFSAZPHX
LA Clippers at Sacramento10:00 PMFSW2CSACLAC
San Antonio at LA Lakers10:30 PMKENSTWC SNESPNSAS
Saturday, Nov. 2
Cleveland at Indiana7:00 PMFSOHFSMWIND
Chicago at Philadelphia7:30 PMWGNCSNNBATVCHI
Charlotte at New Orleans8:00 PMTSOHFSNNOP
Memphis at Dallas8:30 PMTSOHFSSWMEM
Toronto at Milwaukee8:30 PMFSWITOR
Houston at Utah9:00 PMCSN HoustonFSRMHOU
San Antonio at Portland10:00 PMFSSWKGWSAS
Sacramento at Golden State10:30 PMCSACCSNBSAC
Sunday, Nov. 3
Minnesota at New York7:30 PMFSN+MSGNYK
Boston at Detroit6:00 PMCSNNFSDTBOS
Washington at Miami6:00 PMCSNBSUNMIA
Brooklyn at Orlando6:00 PMWCBSFSFLORL
Phoenix at Oklahoma City7:00 PMFSAZFSOKNBATVOKC
Atlanta at LA Lakers9:30 PMFSSTWC SNLAL
Monday, Nov. 4
Minnesota at Cleveland7:00 PMFSNFSOHCLE
Golden State at Philadelphia7:00 PMCSNBCSNGSW
Boston at Memphis8:00 PMCSNNTSOHMEM
Houston at LA Clippers10:30 PMCSN HoustonFSW2NBATVLAC
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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.

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.