On Tuesday, the 2013-14 NBA Season will open with three featured game from the Eastern and Western Conferences. During the offseason, a lot of team beefed up their rosters via free agency, trades and lottery draft. All teams have one goal this season; dislodge the two-time champion Miami Heat at the top.
The first game of the season will start at 7PM ET. The Indiana Pacers will host the Orlando Magic at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers added Luis Scola, Chris Copeland and CJ Watson in their lineup. With Danny Granger out of the lineup for three weeks expect Paul George and David West to hold the fort until Granger comes back.
The Orlando Magic will parade No. 2 overall pick Victor Oladipo as he makes his debut against one of the tough defensive teams in the NBA. He will be mentored by starting PG Jameer Nelson until he is fully ready to lead the team.
The second game of the season will feature the two-time defending champion Miami Heat against archrival Chicago Bulls. Before the game, the Miami Heat will receive their individual championship rings for the second straight year.
The Chicago Bulls will have former MVP PG Derrick Rose who was sidelined last season due to his knee injury. He played in the preseason to burn off some rust and test his fully healed knee. The Bulls is considered as one of the threat in Miami's quest for a three-peat.
The last game will be the LA Lakers against the LA Clippers. The Lakers has been the top dog in Los Angeles for many years. However, new coach Doc Rivers has created a firestorm in the offseason as he declared the Clippers as the main attraction and no longer the inferior team in Los Angeles.
The LA Lakers begin the season with full of issues in their rosters. There is no confirmation on when will Kobe Bryant comeback from his injury he suffered last season in the playoffs. It is up to Paul Gasol and Steve Nash to guide the team until Kobe could play again.
The sportsbook handicappers have installed the Miami Heat as the favorite to win its 3rd straight NBA title. The Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs are among the Heat's challengers.
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