It's a new era in Houston, Dwight Howard's first official game in Rockets red will come at home Wednesday, Oct. 30, as his new team's first game of the year comes at the Toyota Center.
By landing this year's most coveted free agent, the Rockets went from a decent crew led by James Harden to a team many think can contend in the Western Conference. It'll probably be tough to gauge how good they are by one night in October against the Bobcats, but it will be a memorable evening in Houston as they welcome Howard.
Other notable home openers: The revamped Nets get a true marquee matchup for their first game with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in Brooklyn, as they take on the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat on Friday, Nov. 1 -- a game some see as a Eastern Conference Finals preview. The New Orleans Pelicans start their life with a new name, new jerseys, and new floor in New Orleans Arena on the Wednesday, Oct. 30 playing the Indiana Pacers. The Heat, of course, get the big spotlight to open up their year, facing the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, Oct. 29.
Here's a list of every team's first home game of the year:
vs. Toronto Raptors, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.
vs. Milwaukee Bucks, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.
vs. Miami Heat, Nov. 1, 8 p.m. ESPN
vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.
vs. New York Knicks, Oct. 31, 8 p.m. TNT
vs. Brooklyn Nets, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.
vs. Atlanta Hawks, Oct. 30, 8:30 p.m.
vs. Portland Trail Blazers, Nov. 1, 9 p.m.
vs. Washington Wizards, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Golden State Warriors
vs. Los Angeles Lakers, Oct. 30, 10:30 p.m.
vs. Charlotte Bobcats, Oct. 30, 8 p.m.
vs. Orlando Magic, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. TNT
Los Angeles Clippers
vs. Golden State Warriors, Oct. 31, 10:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Lakers
vs. Los Angeles Clippers, Oct. 29, 10:30 p.m. TNT
vs. Chicago Bulls, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. TNT
vs. Detroit Pistons, Nov. 1, 8 p.m.
Minnesota Timberwolvesvs. Orlando Magic, Oct. 30, 8 p.m.
vs. Toronto Raptors, Nov. 2, 8:30 p.m.
New Orleans Pelicans
vs. Indiana Pacers, Oct. 30, 8 p.m.
New York Knicks
vs. Milwaukee Bucks, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Oklahoma City Thunder
vs. Phoenix Suns, Nov. 3, 7 p.m.
vs. New Orleans Pelicans, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.
vs. Miami Heat, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.
vs. Utah Jazz, Nov. 1, 10 p.m.
Portland Trail Blazers
vs. Phoenix Suns, Oct. 30, 10 p.m.
vs. Denver Nuggets, Oct. 30, 10 p.m.
San Antonio Spurs
vs. Memphis Grizzlies, Oct. 30, 8:30 p.m.
vs. Boston Celtics, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.
vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, Oct. 30, 9 p.m.
vs. Philadelphia 76ers, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.