It’s just over a month before the NBA is back in action officially: On October 19, the action of the 2021-2022 season will start, another campaign that promises to be exciting and competitive with the best basketball players in the world facing off night after night.
The rhythm of the NBA competition, with matches practically every day (November 25, December 24, February 21, 22 and 23 and April 4 will be the only days of total rest including the All-Star Weekend in the activity), it is frantic but it is strange in the months of the off-season. Almost two months ago we had no NBA and she is missed. To calm anxiety, in NBA.com we review what they will be the 10 best duels that we can enjoy during the initial week.
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Tuesday October 19
Opening night, as always, is a must. It will be made up of two star-studded duels. First, basketball will be in the Eastern Conference: the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee will be the scene of the clash between the defending champions, the Milwaukee Bucks of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton, starting against those who aspire to be their main rivals in the area, the Brooklyn Nets by Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving and their incorporations (Paul Millsap, LaMarcus Aldridge, Patty Mills). The match will begin at 6.30 p.m. CDMX and 8.30 p.m. from Buenos Aires.
Then the night continues with another face-to-face between two NBA icons: LeBron James and Stephen Curry. Los angeles lakers and Golden State Warriors they met in the Play-in of the 2020-2021 season and this time they hope to achieve a better campaign. First game for these renewed Lakers that James and Anthony Davis add Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, DeAndre Jordan, Rajon Rondo, Trevor Ariza, Kendrick Nunn and more names. Return of Andre Iguodala in a Warriors that still will not have Klay Thompson, injured, but that will probably show the NBA debut of Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody. This meeting will be at 9:00 p.m. CDMX and 23:00 p.m. in Buenos Aires.
Wednesday October 20
On Wednesday 20 he already gives us an overloaded basketball offer at night: 11 games of which we choose to highlight two games for very different reasons. The first presents many novelties: the historical duel of Detroit Pistons against Chicago Bulls (6:00 p.m. CDMX and 8:00 p.m. Buenos Aires) will put Cade Cunningham on the court for the first time, the player chosen with pick 1 from the 2021 Draft, a new addition to Detroit. In front, some very renewed Bulls will start their campaign, with the aim of reaching the Playoffs: they have plenty of talent with DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine, Nikola Vucevic, Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso among others.
Hours later (9:00 p.m. CDMX, 11:00 p.m. Buenos Aires), the West will have another duel between two contending teams: Phoenix Suns, his last champion, will receive in Arizona Denver Nuggets, the team he swept in the second round of the last Playoffs. The two teams bet a lot for the continuity in the assembly of their teams. Will there be revenge for MVP Nikola Jokic?
Thursday October 21
Each duel between Luka Doncic and Trae Young generates a special interest, for the talent of both and for the connection that will bind them for life due to the transfer of the 2018 Draft. Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks The faces are only seen twice a season and one of them will be on October 21 in Georgia, at 6.30 p.m. CDMX and 8.30 p.m. from Buenos Aires. Watch out for Zach Collins, who in last season’s two games against the Mavericks scored 33 and 35 points, although Dallas was the winning team. It will be the start of the season for both of them.
On Thursday 21 the season will also begin for Miami Heat: Kyle Lowry will make his debut with the Florida team welcoming the champion Milwaukee Bucks, the team that eliminated Miami in the first round of the 2021 Playoffs. PJ Tucker, champion with the Wisconsin team, will now have to fight against his former teammates. The meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in CDMX and 9:00 p.m. in Buenos Aires.
Friday October 22
On Friday the preview of the weekend is made with two other high voltage crosses within the nine that the NBA offers that night. First there is another clash of the titans from the East: the Nets are still on tour and travel to Philadelphia to play against the 76ers Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons still there? Unmissable match between the best team of the last Eastern Regular Phase and the team that aims to get it out of that scepter. Schedule? 6:30 p.m. from CDMX and 8:30 p.m. from Buenos Aires.
At the end of the day the attention is fixed far away from there, on the west coast, more precisely in the Staples Center in Los Angeles where the Lakers they will receive Phoenix Suns in the reissue of the 2021 Playoffs first round crossover.
Saturday October 23
On Saturday there are also many games (eight) and one of the most outstanding is the last of the day: at 9:30 p.m. in CDMX and 11:30 p.m. in Buenos Aires the Memphis Grizzlies of Ja Morant, now renewed with the addition of Steven Adams, will play at the Staples Center against LA Clippers, a team that will have to wait several months to recover Kawhi Leonard but that also presents several of the cards with which he fought in the West Finals of 2021: Paul George, Reggie Jackson, Marcus Morris …
Sunday October 24
The week concludes with six more games: on Sunday contenders such as the Nets, 76ers and Lakers will play, but our attention is focused on the game that will be played in Texas between the Boston Celtics of the new coach Ime Udoka with his incorporations (Al Horford, Dennis Schroder, Josh Richardson, Juancho Hernangómez) before a rival that is full of players to discover that they cause intrigue: the Houston Rockets from rookies Jalen Green, Josh Christopher, Usman Garuba and Alperen Sengun. The meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CDMX and 8:00 p.m. from Buenos Aires.
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