NBA Opening Day: Key Matchups in Each Game

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NBA Opening Day: Key Matchups in Each Game
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The journey begins on Christmas Day

The NBA opening day is finally upon us. Five games lead off the season on Christmas Day, with the opening tip off at Madison Square Garden between the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics. The day ends with the Los Angeles Clippers visiting the Golden State Warriors.

An NBA Finals rematch highlights the day when Dirk Nowitzki and the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks host the Miami Heat in the American Airlines Center.

Here are predictions for the winners in each of the most important matchups on opening day.

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