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Suns set sights on Trail Blazers in opener

The Portland Trail Blazers were an energized team after adding center Jusuf Nurkic for the stretch drive last season, rolling to their fourth consecutive playoff appearance. The Phoenix Suns enter the 2017-18 season hoping that another year of experie…

Rockets flying high into Sacramento

Now that they have a game that counts under them, the Houston Rockets’ dynamic new guard duo can get on with the work of jelling. Coach Mike D’Antoni is harboring grand visions of many winning nights for guards James Harden and Chris Paul in their debut campaign in Houston. The Rockets continue

Jazz face offensive questions, Nuggets in opener

For the Utah Jazz, it means creating a new offensive identity this season. Gordon Hayward signed with the Boston Celtics as a free agent in July after carving out a niche as Utah’s primary scorer over the past few seasons. Now the Jazz, starting with their season opener against the Denver Nuggets

Urgent Mavs open vs. Hawks

The Dallas Mavericks head into a new season determined to play with a new sense of urgency. Not an urgency as in making a playoff push, which figures to be an uphill battle in the stacked Western Conference, but urgency with the ball. The Mavericks w…

New-look Grizzlies face playoff-hungry Pelicans

One team with a recent run of postseason appearances and another without begin jockeying for playoff position in the stacked Western Conference when the Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans tip off the season Wednesday night in Memphis. The Grizzlies (4…

Cubs confident they can make Dodgers sweat

The Chicago Cubs have a history of coming from behind when their season is on the line. If the Cubs — who erased a three-games-to-one deficit in the 2016 World Series to capture their first championship since 1908 — are to return to the Fall Classic…

Proven Wizards open against potential-rich 76ers

The Washington Wizards turned in one of the NBA’s surprise campaigns a year ago and enter the 2017-18 season among the Eastern Conference favorites. If Joel Embiid can stay on the court more often than not, the Philadelphia 76ers might be the team making the biggest rise. Following a 49-win season

Heat visit Magic for second straight opener

Last season, the Miami Heat began what became a disappointing campaign with a 12-point road victory against the Orlando Magic. It was one of 11 wins during a difficult first half that ultimately cost Miami a playoff berth. Meanwhile, numerous reasons…

Hornets-Pistons: new season, new arena, new faces

A new home should help the Detroit Pistons erase the memories of a poor season. The Pistons will play the Charlotte Hornets in their first regular-season game at Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit on Wednesday. The Pistons had called The Palace…

Pacers-Nets opener a who’s who

The Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn Nets have some similarities heading into their season opener Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers traded star forward Paul George, who announced he would likely leave Indiana after the 2017-18 season as a fr…