There are just three sure things in life: Death, taxes and revenge games in the NBA, and with that in mind, we just can’t wait to see what this upcoming season is set to unveil when some of the biggest stars of the game visit their former home courts.
Some of those guys left as villains, other as heroes and others were just kicked out of there, while other matchups are quite appealing for the players they feature, the young rivalries that are surging or just because the best players in the game will face each other.
Having that in mind and already looking way ahead of us, we’ll list the top 10 games we’re just desperate to watch on his upcoming season, with the new campaign just around the corner although it may seem like it has been ages since we last seen a regular season game.
10. Sacramento Kings vs. New Orleans Pelicans
DeMarcus Cousins departure from Sac-Town was something that was in everybody’s mouth since a couple of seasons, although it was finally almost at last year’s trade deadline that it finally happened.
Of course, Cousins wasn’t shy to have his say on the move, but considering how much he gave to Sacramento fans since his arrival to the league, we can expect a huge welcome from the fans and a monster stat sheet from the All-Star center.
9. Philadelphia 76ers vs. Los Angeles Lakers
A couple of seasons ago, this one would probably be the worst matchup you could think of, but considering how well both teams have fared when it comes to drafting and developing their young cores, this might as well be the start of a legacy in both the Eastern and the Western Conference.
The 76ers are set to finally have their full squad healthy with Ben Simmons and Fultz making their debuts, while Brandon Ingram will enter his second year as a Laker alongside standout prospect Lonzo Ball.
8. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Indiana Pacers
We were all completely shocked when we saw that Paul George trade happen, especially because the Indiana Pacers were so reluctant to deal him for much better offers than what they wind up getting in the end.
So, after all he said about being sick and tired of losing and how he treated the franchise that drafted him in the first place, it’s going to be quite interesting to see how the fans treat him when he goes back to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
7. Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics
The Washington Wizards were one of the most quiet teams during this offseason, but they’ve also been one of the teams that have improved the most over the last couple of campaigns, with John Wall entering his prime.
On the other hand, the Celtics made a huge impact this summer with the signing of Gordon Hayward and the addition of Jayson Tatum via draft, so considering this may be the best teams in the Eastern Conference right now if Kyrie Irving winds up leaving Cleveland, we may be in for a treat and have a glance at a possible Conference Finals every time they face each other.
6. Chicago Bulls vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
This matchup was quite interesting this prior campaign, as it represented the first time the Chicago Bulls were set to face their former head coach: Tom Thibodeau.
And now, with the Minnesota Timberwolves sending Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine to the Bulls to acquire All-Star Jimmy Butler, we can definitely expect a very heartfelt and emotional welcome to the two way guard / forward when sets his feet once again at the United Center after being the ultimate leader of the team over the last 3 campaigns or so.
5. Utah Jazz vs. Boston Celtics
The Utah Jazz were one of the most interesting and exciting projects of the last couple of seasons, improving on a yearly basis to become one of the most hard nosed teams in the Western Conference, especially on their own home court.
But, this matchup will also have the addition of being Gordon Hayward’s first game at Utah since deciding to leave the team to sign for the Boston Celtics, and even though we can’t imagine the crowd being mad at him, it’s going to be quite interesting to see how his former teammates fare against him, especially Rudy Gobert.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs
If we got LeBron James against Kawhi Leonard, we got ourselves an interesting game, period. The Cleveland Cavaliers have fought hard against both the Spurs and the Warriors ever since LeBron’s homecoming, and you just know he hates their guts after what they’ve done to him on a couple of NBA Finals.
Besides, with all those rumors stating that Kyrie Irving might as well wind up at Texas, who knows if we’re set to watch Irving vs James one on one? Yes, please.
3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets were one of the most entertaining teams to watch this prior season under Mike D’Antoni’s 7 seconds or less offense, with All-Star guard James Harden taking his game to a whole new dimension while being the team’s primary playmaker.
And now that they’ve actually paired him with Chris Paul, this team is set to become even scarier, and it’s going to be quite interesting to watch CP3 play against his former team after failing to lead them to an NBA Championship.
2. San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors
We’re just disappointed about how these series wind up during the playoffs, as Zaza Pachulia’s dirty move on Kawhi Leonard sealed the fate of a series that could’ve been way less lopsided than it was in the end, with the Spurs owning a 25+ lead over the Warriors on the road during game 1.
Popovich is the best coach in the league and you know you’re not going to keep beating him, and he’s proven to find a way to contain Golden State, so we’re definitely expecting a couple of revenge games from Leonard and company.
1. Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
And last but not least, we get the most heartfelt rivalry of the last 3 seasons: The Warriors vs the Cavaliers, although we definitely hope to have a different matchup during this year’s NBA finals for Christ’s sake.
Still, with LeBron James and Kevin Love keen to have their vendetta against the team that’s stolen the ring from them in 2 of the last 3 years, you know it’s going to be a battle to the death between the two most dominant franchises of the last couple of campaigns.