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NBA Opening Night: Magic-Pelicans, Mavericks-Spurs, Rockets-Lakers

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Three games open the NBA regular season tonight. The Magic are in New Orleans to face the Pelicans, the Mavericks visit the Spurs, and the Rockets face the Lakers in Los Angeles. NBA basketball is back.

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA is back! Three games open the regular season slate tonight starting at 7:00 pm CDT.

Magic at Pelicans
7:00 pm CDT

Does Anthony Davis make the next big step into superstardom? And does that propel the Pelicans to the playoffs in a stacked Western Conference? How will the young Magic players look? Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton are slated to make their NBA debut's for a young team that is rebuilding.

Mavericks at Spurs
7:00 pm CDT 
TNT

The defending champs get started against cross-state rivals. A matchup of the two best coaches in the league, probably. Will Canis' favorite rookie get playing time for the Spurs? Tyson Chandler returns to the Mavs to anchor the interior. Does Dirk Nowitzki have one more run left in him?

Rockets at Lakers
9:30 CDT
TNT

How long with Kobe hold up? How many shots will he take in the meantime? Will the Lakers be as bad as we all not-so-secretly hope? Meanwhile, the Rockets saw Chandler Parsons depart for Dallas, replaced by Trevor Ariza. They also tried and failed to add Chris Bosh, an attempt that cost them significant depth.

Talk about the games here. Enjoy the return of NBA basketball.