NBA schedule-makers don’t mess around. How else do you explain the Brooklyn Nets opening their season with a home game, the first official regular season game at Barclays Center, against the New York Knicks?
Right from the beginning we’re treated to the first of what should be many interesting battles between these two teams from the Big Apple.
It will be intriguing to see which team is favored, though there are question marks revolving the Knicks and whether or not they’ll be able to find the right chemistry to truly compete, while there are similar concerns for the Nets.
Whatever the case, this should be a great game. At point, Raymond Felton will square off against Deron Williams, and obviously D-Will has the major advantage there. He should be able to get past Felton whenever he wishes, but will need his bigs to really step up and hit some shots.
We can’t wait to see what D-Will is able to do with a better supporting cast. Who will be his favorite option now? Will he work well together with Joe Johnson out on the perimeter? A lot of questions will be answered here soon.
The Knicks, with Amare Stoudemire out with injury, will go with a heavy dose of Carmelo Anthony and the Olympic gold medalist should have a big night scoring the rock. He looked rejuvenated in London and his pure scoring ability is unmatched across the league.
For now, you have to like New York’s chances of winning this opener. It’s going to take time before Brooklyn really kicks it into high gear, while the Knicks have familiarly with one another and are one of the most experienced squads out there.