NBA Gameday: Opening Night – 25 October 2016

There are two games airing on BT Sport on opening night with last season’s NBA Champions welcoming a new look, New York to Cleveland at 1am. Oakland’s 73 game winning Warriors welcome Kawhi Leornard’s Spurs to the Oracle Arena for game one of 82.

Knicks at Cavaliers (BT Sport 2 – 1am)

Venue: Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland

Last meeting: March 26 2016, Cavs won 107-93 at MSG

Gameday notes: Hornacek takes charge of first regular season game for Knicks – Rose expected to suit up and could start despite missing preseason – Cavs will receive Championship rings

New York Knicks

Coach: Jeff Hornacek

Notable offseason acquisitions: Derrick Rose (Bulls), Joakim Noah (Bulls), Brandon Jennings (Magic), Courtney Lee (free agent), Willy Hernangomez (held 2015 draft rights)

Projected starting five: Rose (Guard), Lee (Guard), Anthony (Forward), Porzingis (Foward), Noah (Center)

Regular season record: 0-0

Cleveland Cavaliers

Coach: Tyronn Lue

Notable offseason acquisitions: Mike Dunleavy (Bulls), Kay Felder (acquired draft rights from Hawks), Chris Andersen (free agent)

Projected starting five: Irving (Guard), Smith (Guard), James (Forward), Love (Forward), Thompson (Center)

Regular season record: 0-0


Spurs at Warriors (BT Sport 2 – 3:30am)

Venue: Oracle Arena – Oakland

Last meeting: April 10 2016, Warriors won 92-86 in San Antonio

Gameday notes: Spurs start life without Tim Duncan – Durant makes first regular season start for Golden State

San Antonio Spurs

Coach: Gregg Popovich

Notable offseason acquisitions: Pau Gasol (Bulls), David Lee (free agent), Dewayne Dedmon (free agent), Patricio Garino (undrafted)

Projected starting five: Parker (Guard), Ginobili (Guard), Leonard (Forward), Aldridge (Forward), Gasol (Center)

Regular season record: 0-0

Golden State Warriors

Coach: Steve Kerr

Notable offseason acquisitions: Kevin Durant (Thunder), Patrick McCaw (acquired draft rights from Bucks), JaVale McGee (free agent), Zaza Pachulia (free agent)

Projected starting five: Curry (Guard), Thompson (Guard), Durant (Forward), Green (Forward), Pachulia (Center)

Regular season record: 0-0

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