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2015-16 NBA Schedule: Power Ranking Top Five Must-Watch Games

Five Must-Watch NBA Games

August 13, 2015

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The 2015 NBA regular season schedule was released Wednesday afternoon, which means we’re inching closer to basketball.

Let’s take a look at some of the key games that you must circle on your calendar for the upcoming season.

2015-16 NBA Schedule: Power Ranking Top Five Must-Watch Games

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Nov. 11: Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas Mavericks - The game itself may not be the most competitive, but DeAndre Jordan will have to play against the team he was a member of for about three hours. Jordan took advantage of a free agency loophole and many Dallas fans aren’t going to forget it anytime soon. This is a game that will feature extra security and may be the most hostile game since LeBron James returned to Cleveland in a Miami jersey for the first time.

Nov. 11: San Antonio Spurs at Portland Trail Blazers - LaMarcus Aldridge left Portland after nine seasons to team up with the Spurs for a chance to win an NBA title. You can’t exactly blame Aldridge for the decision, but Portland fans have to feel a certain type of way seeing Damian Lillard left out on an island. The Trail Blazers are a team that’s made the playoffs five times in the last seven years, but all that may be gone out the window with one move. It’ll be interesting to see the reaction from the Moda Center.

Dec. 25: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors - Not only are the Golden State Warriors the most fun team in the NBA to watch, but this is the first time these teams will play since the NBA Finals. Let’s just hope the Cavs are actually healthy so this game will be a lot more competitive than the final games of the championship. Either way, this is by far the best game on the NBA Christmas schedule and has a lot of juicy storylines heading into this rematch.

Oct. 30: Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers -  Nothing like the NBA getting this matchup out of the way early, huh? On paper, these are possibly the two best teams in the East, and they could end up meeting in the Eastern Conference Finals if both squads can stay healthy. The Heat have rebounded nicely with the return of Chris Bosh and the additions of Gerald Green, Amar'e Stoudemire and rookie Justise Winslow. The Heat are deep and ready to make a strong run in the playoffs. Of course, the Cavs are the team to beat and a championship favorite. Oh, there’s also the whole LeBron thing that will forever tie these two franchises together. This is an early test for both clubs looking to make a statement.

Oct. 28: San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder - A new-look Spurs team, an Oklahoma City team led by a new coach in Billy Donovan, and the return of Kevin Durant. Need I say more? Are the Spurs really the team to beat in the West with their additions? Will OKC return to the mix now that it’s healthy? Is Durant going to return to form? Can Donovan get in done in the NBA? Questions, questions. While one game won’t answer everything, this game will certainly give us a better idea of things to come.

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