Five dates on this year's NBA schedule that'll provide fans with awesome games

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The NBA schedule has been released and there are plenty of dates throughout the season that will have interesting storylines.

There are plenty of games on this year's schedule to look forward to that are bound to be entertaining to watch for either on the court or off it.

To get yourself excited for the new season, here are five dates on this year's NBA schedule that'll provide some awesome games for you to sink your teeth into.

October 16 - Opening games

Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors

NBA always likes to start off their seasons with a bang and this year will be no different. 

Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and the Philadelphia 76ers will visit Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden in Boston in a rematch of their Eastern Conference semifinals series.

Elsewhere, the reigning champions in the Golden State Warriors will host the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kevin Durant and Steph Curry vs Russell Westbrook and Paul George is bound to be a good matchup.

October 20 - LeBron's first Lakers home game

Houston Rockets v Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James' first game as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers will be against the Portland Trail Blazers on October 18, but that's an away game. His first home game at the Staples Center will be two days later vs the Houston Rockets.

LeBron wants to take the Lakers back to the playoffs, but he will receive a dose of reality as for how tough this task will be when he faces James Harden, Chris Paul, and Clint Capela in one of the best teams in the Western Conference.

November 21 - LeBron Returns to The Land

Cleveland Cavaliers v Golden State Warriors

According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, James will return to The Land to battle against the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first time as a member of the Lakers on November 21.

It will probably be an emotional day for LeBron as he returns to the area which he has done a lot for this summer with his I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

However, also by this time, we could have a good indication as to how good Los Angeles will be in their first season with LeBron and if they have any chance of achieving a top seed in the West.

Christmas Day - Potential Conference Finals previews

Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics - Game Five

LeBron and the Lakers will face Curry and Durant in the Warriors on Christmas Day at the Oracle Arena.

This should be an incredible matchup after we've seen James face off against Golden in each of the past four NBA Finals. It could also end up being the Western Conference Finals matchup later on in the season.

Elsewhere, Embiid, Simmons, and the 76ers will visit Irving, Tatum and the Celtics at the TD Garden in Boston in a rematch of their Eastern Conference semifinals series once more.

Other games on this day include Milwaukee Bucks at New York Knicks, Thunder at Rockets, and Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Dark Horse Finals

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will treat NBA fans with another healthy dose of Warriors vs Lakers, however, this time it will be taking place at the Staples Center. Can LeBron hold down the fort when the best team in the league rolls into town?

Elsewhere, in what could be a dark horse game for the NBA Finals, Harden, Paul, and the Rockets will visit Philadelphia to take on Embiid, Simmons, and the Sixers.

Neither are really considered the favourites in their respective conferences, but this could be the Finals we receive if they prove the doubters wrong.

The New Orleans Pelicans will take on the Memphis Grizzlies on this day as well. This will be the Grizzlies' 16th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day game. 

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