The 2014-15 NBA season schedule has thrown up some exciting match-ups.
The schedule for the 2014-15 NBA season was released on Wednesday night. After an offseason of big moves and intriguing storylines, here are the top five games to mark on you calendar for next season.
The NBA season kicks off with a mouthwatering battle in the Western Conference. Kobe Bryant will return to action following an injury-hit season, facing off against his old teammate Dwight Howard for the first time since their tumultuous year in 2012-13. With Julius Randle's first NBA game and Jeremy Lin playing against his old team, there are so many storylines built within this matchup.
The Bulls kick off their campaign at Madison Square Garden with another superstar guard set to return from injury. Derrick Rose will be back with the Bulls, going up against Carmelo Anthony. The two stars could have been teammates next season if Chicago's pursuit of the small forward had been successful. This game will also feature Pau Gasol in a Bulls uniform for the first time.
Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets - November 22
There is a real NBA rivalry brewing in Texas between the Mavericks and Rockets, and they will meet for the first time next season in November. Chandler Parsons' move from Houston to Dallas - along with Dwight Howard and James Harden's subsequent comments - left a sour taste in the mouths of these teams. They could end up fighting each other for a playoff spot come the end of the season.
One of the NBA newest and most intense rivalries will be played out on Christmas Day, with Stephen Curry and the Warriors travelling to LA to face the Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and co. This matchup has delivered some of the best games in the NBA over the past few years, and gives us a chance to relive the incredible seven-game series between the two teams from the 2014 playoffs.
Undoubtedly the most eagerly anticipated of the 2014-15 season will see LeBron James lead the Cleveland Cavaliers into Miami to face his former team. These two teams were drastically impacted in different ways by James's decision to leave South Beach and rejoin the Cavs, and the response he receives from the Heat fans should be as intriguing as the game itself.
Which games are you looking forward to in the 2014-15 NBA season?