Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets - 10/30/13
Brooklyn Nets (49-33) at Cleveland Cavaliers (24-58)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
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The new-look Brooklyn Nets will be looking to kick off their season with a win tonight when they pay a visit to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
No team made more noise in the offseason than the Brooklyn Nets who added Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko to their roster. Add to that, the starting trio of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez and you got a team that looks like an overnight contender for the NBA Championship. However, the Nets could be without their All-Star PG as Williams' status for the season opener hasn't been confirmed yet although he did play 10 minutes in the Nets' last preseason game, scoring 11 points on three of four shooting from the three-point line. As a precaution, the Nets may elect to keep D-Will on the sidelines to allow him to fully recover because the as deep as the Nets are, they are seriously thin at the PG position.
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The Cavaliers made some noise in the offseason themselves, signing the injured Andrew Bynum to a 2-year contract, signing Jarett Jack and drafting Anthony Bennett with their number one overall pick. Anderson Varejao was also able to recover from a serious blood clot in the offseason which sets the stage for Kyrie Irving to have a breakout season under coach Mike Brown who joins the team for his second stint. With everyone but Bynum available for the season opener, the Cavs are all but set to kick off the regular season with a win at home, but health will play a major part if the Cavs want to make a playoff run because we're already aware of Irving's history of missing games, not to mention Bynum's.
The new is that D-Will is expected to play but Andrei Kirilenko is expected to miss this game, so with that being said, I'm going to stick with the overhauled Nets team tonight. I'm not quite sold on their chances of making a deep run in the playoffs this season, but with all the attention that will be on them, I'm sure they will come out firing and start off their season with a narrow win on the road.