The Best Must-Watch Games In The Opening Week Of The 2019-20 NBA Season

2019-20 Must-Watch NBA Games

The 2019-2020 NBA regular season is about to kick off. Nitrogen Sports Blog list down the top 2019-20 must-watch NBA games in the first week of the league’s new season.

Five must-watch NBA games in Week 1 of the 2019-20 NBA season


LA Clippers vs LA Lakers

Tuesday, October 22 — Staples Center, Los Angeles
This is arguably the biggest among all the 2019-20 must-watch NBA games. This is the first LA Clippers vs. LA Lakers matchup since the arrival of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in Tinseltown and the addition of Anthony Davis to the long list of excellent big men in Lakers Purple and Gold history.

Tuesday’s game could give us an early glimpse of a potential Western Conference Finals and how it could play out.

Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers

Wednesday, October 23 – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
The Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers will be vying for the top spot in the Eastern Conference this season. The Celtics may have lost Kyrie Irving in free agency, but they have shown in the past that they can perform well without him, particularly in the playoffs. And there’s the small matter of adding three-time NBA All-Star Kemba Walker to what is already one of the most talented, young rosters in the league.

On the other hand, the Sixers will look to continue improving with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. They also managed to keep Tobias Harris while adding Al Horford to the roster. Both teams should be a shoo-in for the top three in the Eastern Conference standings at the end of the regular season.

Milwaukee Bucks vs Houston Rockets

Thursday, October 24 – Toyota Center, Houston
The Milwaukee Bucks impressed many when they topped the regular season last year with a 60-22 record. They were led by the heroics of eventual MVP Giannis Antetoukounmpo. Although they exited the playoffs in the Conference Finals, the future’s still bright. And with Kawhi Leonard departing the Toronto Raptors, the Bucks have a clearer path to the NBA Finals.

In their season-opener, they face a Houston Rockets side who parted ways with Chris Paul to bring in former two-time MVP Russell Westbrook. Will that change their fortunes, particularly in the playoffs? Thursday’s game will be a big indicator, especially against a team like the Bucks. Add this game to your 2019-20 must-watch NBA games.


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Golden State Warriors vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Sunday, October 27 – Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City
It’s a new era in the Golden State as Kevin Durant left for the Brooklyn Nets this past summer. With Klay Thompson expected to be out for the majority of the season due to injury, the Warriors added D’Angelo Russell along with Willie Cauley-Stein to their roster to give Stephen Curry and Draymond Green additional support. Despite those acquisitions, the Warriors will be hard-pressed to make the playoff cut, especially in the ultra-competitive Western Conference. It will be interesting to see how Stephen Curry’s side fare in the first few months of the regular season.

Their first task will be an Oklahoma City Thunder side that is also coming off an offseason filled with significant changes. They have Chris Paul now, though, along with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and Mike Muscala so it will be worth watching to see how both teams do in their season-opener.

In any case, fire this game up on your TV along with other 2019-20 must-watch NBA games in Week 1 of the new season.

Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers

Wednesday, October 23 – Moda Center, Portland
These two teams met in the Western Conference semifinals last year, with the Trail Blazers coming out on top in an entertaining seven-game series. Both teams will look for a repeat by performing well in the regular season.

The Nuggets exceeded expectations last season with a 54-28 record, as they finished second thanks to Nikola Jokic’s performances among others. The Trailblazers — led by Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum — also exceeded expectations as they finished third with a 53-29 record, but ultimately fell short in the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors.

Given the increased star power in Los Angeles, these two teams are unlikely to finish in the top three this time. Still, they have enough firepower to be considered a threat.

The games mentioned above are only some of the 2019-20 must-watch NBA games. With 30 teams each playing 82 games for an entire regular season, you’ll never run out of something intriguing to watch. Ready for the new NBA season? Read our sports betting guide for more tips.

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