2013 NBA schedule: Rockets, Dwight Howard host Bobcats, Nets visit Cavs in season openers

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The 2013-2014 NBA season starts Oct. 29, and its first week is filled with marquee matchups.

The 2013-2014 NBA schedule was released Tuesday night, and the world will get its first look at some of the teams that have gone through major roster upheavals.

The Rockets, with Dwight Howard, open the year Wednesday, Oct. 30, with an easier matchup to ease him into it, at home against the Charlotte Bobcats. The Brooklyn Nets, after trading for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and signing Andrei Kirilenko, will go on the road against Kyrie Irving, No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and maybe even Andrew Bynum. The Detroit Pistons, with new additions Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith, host the Washington Wizards that same night.

One of the best nights of the first week will be Halloween. There will be just two games, but they are doozies, with Knicks-Bulls followed by Warriors-Clippers, both on TNT. The next night, Nov. 1, the defending champion Miami Heat go to Brooklyn to face the retooled Nets, and the Timberwolves -- who should have both Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love playing healthy together for the first time since winter 2011 -- host Kevin Durant and the Thunder.

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(All times Eastern)

Tuesday, Oct. 29

Magic vs. Pacers, 7 p.m.
Bulls vs. Heat, 8 p.m., TNT
Clippers vs. Lakers, 10:30 p.m., TNT

Wednesday, Oct. 30

Nets vs. Cavaliers, 7 p.m., NBATV
Heat vs. 76ers, 7 p.m.
Celtics vs. Raptors, 7 p.m.
Pistons vs. Wizards, 7:30 p.m.
Bucks vs. Knicks, 7:30 p.m.
Bobcats vs. Rockets, 8 p.m.
Magic vs. Timberwolves, 8 p.m.
Pacers vs. Pelicans, 8 p.m.
Hawks vs. Mavericks, 8:30 p.m.
Grizzlies vs. Spurs, 8:30 p.m.
Thunder vs. Jazz, 9 p.m.
Blazers vs. Suns, 10 p.m.
Nuggets vs. Kings, 10 p.m.
Lakers vs. Warriors, 10:30 p.m., NBATV

Thursday, Oct. 31

Knicks vs. Bulls, 8 p.m., TNT
Warriors vs. Clippers, 10:30 p.m., TNT

Friday, Nov. 1

Cavaliers vs. Bobcats, 7 p.m.
Pelicans vs. Magic, 7 p.m.
76ers vs. Wizards, 7 p.m.
Raptors vs. Hawks, 7:30 p.m.
Bucks vs. Celtics, 7:30 p.m.
Mavericks vs. Rockets, 8 p.m.
Pistons vs. Grizzlies, 8 p.m.
Thunder vs. Timberwolves, 8 p.m.
Heat vs. Nets, 8 p.m., ESPN
Blazers vs. Nuggets, 9 p.m.
Jazz vs. Suns, 10 p.m.
Clippers vs. Kings, 10 p.m.
Spurs vs. Lakers, 10:30 p.m., ESPN

Saturday, Nov. 2

Cavaliers vs. Pacers, 7 p.m.
Bulls vs. 76ers, 7:30 p.m., NBATV
Bobcats vs. Pelicans, 8 p.m.
Grizzlies vs. Mavericks, 8:30 p.m.
Raptors vs. Bucks, 8:30 p.m.
Rockets vs. Jazz, 9 p.m.
Spurs vs. Blazers, 10 p.m.
Kings vs. Warriors, 10:30 p.m.

Sunday Nov. 3

Celtics vs. Pistons, 6 p.m.
Wizards vs. Heat, 6 p.m.
Nets vs. Magic, 6 p.m.
Suns vs. Thunder, 7 p.m., NBATV
Timberwolves vs. Knicks, 7:30 p.m.
Hawks vs. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

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