Top 5 NBA games to keep an eye on Wednesday night

The Houston Rockets open up their season on October 17 against New Orleans. - [NBA / YouTube screencap]
The Houston Rockets open up their season on October 17 against New Orleans. - [NBA / YouTube screencap]

A look at which NBA matchups on the Wednesday schedule could provide some early intrigue on October 17.

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It's only the second night of NBA action, but Wednesday brings some intriguing matchups. A total of 22 teams get their regular seasons started. Below are five games that could hold the most intrigue and excitement as the NBA season begins.

1

Cavaliers vs Raptors 7:30 PM ET

The point-spread is large here, with the Raptors favored by 11 or more. That's because the Cavaliers are beginning a season without LeBron for the first time in a while. Meanwhile, the home team gets their latest journey started under a new coach and with All-Star Kawhi Leonard. Fans will be watching to see how the former NBA finals MVP performs.

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2

Atlanta vs New York 7:30 PM ET

At first glance, this game may seem like an uninteresting matchup when it comes to contenders. However, with the Eastern Conference wide open, it leaves possibilities. In addition, two promising rookies suit up for the Hawks and Knicks with Trae Young and Kevin Knox, respectively. Keep an eye on these names as potential candidates in the ROY race. There's also Jeremy Lin and veteran Vince Carter suiting up for the ATL this season.

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