Eight best games on the new 2013-14 NBA schedule

Eight best matchups of the 2013-14 NBA season schedule

8/7/13 in NBA   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Eight best games on the new 2013-14 NBA scheduleNBA fans who are waiting for next year now know just what they're waiting for. The NBA released the full 2013-14 regular season schedule Tuesday. The first night of NBA regular season action is Tuesday, October 29 -- highlighted by Derrick Rose's return to the Chicago Bulls against the defending champion Miami Heat ( 8 pm ET, TNT). Technically, the season tips off an hour earlier with a somewhat less-marquee Pacers-Magic tilt at 7 p.m. ET. The opening night triple-header concludes with a suddenly interesting Lakers-Clippers contest (10:30 pm ET, TNT) at the Staples Center.

Admittedly, there is not that much suspense to the release of the NBA schedule. Everybody plays everybody multiple times according to a formula, so it's not like there are certain match-ups you wonder whether you'll see. Your team plays each division opponent four times. You also play certain same-conference teams outside your division either three times or four times. You play teams in the other conference twice. The schedule is just a matter of what day you end up playing these teams.

Still, the 2013-14 NBA schedule has been released and offers a few a tantalizing contests that any NBA fan would happily watch if there was nothing else on. Most of the intriguing storylines come from free agency-related landscape shifts, inevitable LeBron 2014 speculation and our collective desire for the blossoming of an epic Heat-Bulls rivalry. Let's take a look at some of the best individual games and cross-game storylines of the NBA 2013-14 schedule with this in mind.

Blog Photo - Eight best games on the new 2013-14 NBA schedule8. NBA CHRISTMAS DAY GAMES - Christmas Day is on a Wednesday this year, so there will be no NFL game competition for your family-avoiding sports entertainment. The highlight of the Christmas Day NBA quintuple-header is probably Heat-Lakers (5 p.m. ET, ABC) -- but it's a highlight only if Kobe can play.

The other Christmas Day NBA games promise above-average intrigue. The hoops holiday begins with Bulls-Nets (Noon ET, ESPN), followed by Thunder-Knicks (2:30 p.m. ET, ABC), and LeBron against Kobe at 5 p.m. Eastern. The fun switches back over to ESPN for the Christmas Night telecasts of Rockets-Spurs (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) and a shockingly watchable Clippers-Warriors broadcast (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Blog Photo - Eight best games on the new 2013-14 NBA schedule7. INTERNATIONAL GAMES - Are you interested in watching a historic two NBA regular season games scheduled outside the United States or Canada? Are you less interested when you discover that these games involve the Timberwolves or the Hawks? The Mexico City Arena will be the site of Timberwolves-Spurs (Dec. 4, 9:30 p.m. ET, NBATV) which counts as a home game for Minnesota but probably won't feel like one. (This is actually the second-ever regular season NBA game for Mexico City. The Rockets played the Mavericks there in 1997.) Then in January 2014, the fourth-ever NBA game in London goes down in the form of Hawks-Nets (Jan. 16, 3 p.m. ET, NBATV). This is the first NBA season with two international games scheduled. I suspect they're up to something.

Okay we'll keep it in-country from here on out with the most anticipated NBA games of 2013-14. Click on for the dates you want to note on your NBA prioritizing schedule…

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