Tune into ESPN as we enter the opening week of the 2013-14 NBA season, including the 2013 NBA finalists on your screens!We have three great match-ups to kick the season off in style, including a double-header! So without further ado lets take a look at each match-up. Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat Time & Date: Thursday 31st October from Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia Coverage: LIVE at 10:00am AEDT The 2013 NBA Champion Miami Heat open the regular season on a back-to-back which takes them to Philadelphia to play the young 76ers. Miami are coming off a stellar 2012-13 campaign in which there were many highlights, one of those being the 27 game win streak they imposed on the league. Now with a clean slate, you'd have to think the Heat would be wanting 34 straight this season to pass the Los Angeles Lakers record which is sitting at 33. It was a demanding, luckless previous season for the Philadelphia 76ers. They gambled on the big ticket and injury prone center Andrew Bynum to receive no games played from the former Laker. Plus he took up $16.9 million in cap space. The 76ers hit the reset button and that meant team leader Jrue Holiday was forced out the door. Now they have placed their hope into Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes which forms an athletic young and exciting team. The transition game will feature heavily here as both teams like to get out and run, which will create some fascinating new Heat and 76er posters. Watch For: Dwayne Wade. He's looked revitalised in the preseason and he should be able to run with the 76ers, so it will be curious to see how Aussie and first time head coach Brett Brown game plans around him. Remembering the Heat beat out his former team the San Antonio Spurs in the Finals this past July.
Brooklyn Nets vs Miami Heat Time & Date: Saturday 2nd November from The Barclays Center, Brooklyn Coverage: LIVE at 11:00am AEDT Adrenaline will run high and prestige will be on the line when the retooled Brooklyn Nets welcome the Miami Heat to the Barclays center. New acquisitions Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett always thrive when they get the chance to take on LeBron James and the Heat. They'll definitely trouble Miami when it comes to crashing the boards, as KG, Brook Lopez and Reggie Evans are tall trademark scrappers that fight rigorously for every rebound. More possessions gives guards Deron Williams and Joe Johnson more opportunity to be creative, which will kick start their offense. While there is still a certain mystique over the appearance of the Nets, we know exactly what we're getting from the Heat. It's a formidable ball club that score in bunches and lock down the perimeter. Watch For: Greg Oden. Recruited by Miami this past offseason, Oden is on the court to be a defensive presences to combat the likes of 7-ft Brook Lopez, who the Heat could not handle last season.
Los Angeles Lakers vs San Antonio Spurs Time & Date: Saturday 2nd November from The Staples Center, Los Angeles Coverage: LIVE at 1:30pm AEDT The Los Angeles Lakers will be able to flash their championship banners with no restraints from Clipper-land when the San Antonio Spurs roll into town. Adding to those banners will seem a lot harder than ever before as the Lakers begin their season without future hall of fame inductee Kobe Bryant. The Spurs will be at full strength and on amends to avenge their NBA Finals shortcoming. The Lakers minus Bryant do mean they'll be playing a different type of basketball, one that features Pau Gasol getting heaps of touches in the paint and Nick Young jacking up plenty of jumpers. While the Spurs this past offseason have brought in Manu Ginobili 2.0, that's 27 year old Marco Belinelli from the Chicago Bulls who can fill the void seamlessly if Ginobili falters down the stretch. The high octane offense run by San Antonio will test the perimeter defense of the Lakers, as quick shots and dagger three's are all about what the Spurs do. Watch For: Aaron Baynes. Widely known around the league now is that the Spurs have only completed five ally-oops in the last two seasons. Aaron Baynes made up a couple of those late last season and with more minutes he could provide some unpredictability towards the Spurs attack.
These are the games you can catch straight away to open the NBA season, which team here has the most to prove this season?