The two ESPN games on Friday night should be amazing. First Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat visit LeBron James for the Cavaliers home opener. Wade and the Heat played well against the Cavs last season. Some experts think the Heat can challenge the Cavs in the Eastern Conference.
The second game of the night is a rematch of the Western Conference Finals as the Golden State Warriors visit the Houston Rockets. The Rockets are coming off a surprising blowout loss at home to the Denver Nuggets. The Rockets were without Dwight Howard who was suspended for the game. On the other side Steph Curry and the Warriors came out firing on all cylinders against the Pelicans on opening night. Curry scored 24 points in the 1st quarter of that game. This should be a high scoring affair with plenty of highlights.
There are plenty of other games on the schedule that night and these are a few you should check out:
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Orlando Magic 7:00 pm
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 55 points in their first game as the Thunder beat the Spurs. Durant played 35 minutes and he had some good moments going against a tough defender in Kawhi Leonard. Westbrook was explosive and the Thunder were fun to watch.
Orlando fell short to the Wizards in their first game of the season. The Magic were led by Victor Oladipo who had 17 points and high profile rookie Mario Hezonja added 11 points off the bench. The Magic have some talent and can compete with the Thunder for highlight plays. Despite losing they had six players in double figures and played well enough to win the game.
Chicago Bulls @ Detroit Pistons 7:30 pm
Both teams are 2-0 to start the season. The Bulls held on to beat the Cavs on opening night and then beat Brooklyn on Wednesday. Nikola Mirotic followed up his 19 point performance with 18 points. The Bulls took a lot more three pointers against the Nets and shot 50% from beyond the arc. Derrick Rose had a more efficient night shooting 5-11 for 15 points.
The Pistons surprised the Atlanta Hawks on opening night with a 106-94 win. Andre Drummond had back-to-back doubles including a 19 rebound game in the opener. More surprising is his free throw shooting; through two games Drummond is 14-22 from the free throw line. The Pistons have a good starting five with all five players averaging at least 12 points per game.
Portland Trail Blazers @ Phoenix Suns 10:30 pm
What will C.J. McCollum do next? In only his 4th start of his career he scored 37 points on opening night for the Blazers. McCollum channeled his inner Steph Curry by scoring 22 points in the first quarter against the Pelicans. Damian Lillard added 21 points and 11 assists as the Blazers beat down on the injury plagued Pelicans.
The Phoenix Suns came out flat at home against the Dallas Mavericks. They shot the ball poorly and failed to defend the three point line. The backcourt of Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight combined to shoot 10-25 and were outplayed by the backcourt of Raymond Felton and Deron Williams. The lone bright spot for the Suns was rookie Devin Booker’s 6-7 shooting in 21 minutes of action.