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Don't act like you need me to tell you why to watch this game.
The Miami Heat will have to open their season against the team that crushed their season-long hype just a few months before. How they respond in that game will speak volumes for the rest of their season.
After a whole offseason of contemplating their shortcomings, will the Heat have the same flare that they had last year? Will they play with the same sense of confidence and purpose?
Most importantly, will they storm their way back to the NBA Finals as they did last year?
For the Mavericks, Mark Cuban's team will be lifting its first championship banner. It'll be the highlight of the franchise's 31-year history, and if you're a Mavs fan, it's a must-watch.
Unfortunately, things won't be quite as joyous for Dallas on the court. The team lost Tyson Chandler and JJ Barea, two key components to last years championship run, to free agency this offseason.
The team did add Lamar Odom from the Lakers over the offseason, but there's many question as to whether or not his addition will be enough to make up for Chandler and Barea's departures.
How the team responds to their absence will make or break their chances of repeating this year.