Golden State Warriors: Five Opening Night matchups

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 27: Draymond Green
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 27: Draymond Green /
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Golden State Warriors
OAKLAND, CA – OCTOBER 27: Draymond Green /

The Golden State Warriors will get to celebrate raising another banner and getting more rings. Who will be across from them on Opening Night?

The Golden State Warriors are going to have their second ring ceremony in three years. Some of the players will be adding the jewelry to an existing collection while others will get to put one on their fingers for the first time in their career. It’ll be an exciting night celebrating one of the greatest seasons in NBA history.

While the Warriors will surely be excited, there will be another team present. Some unlucky team will have to sit through an entire ceremony before they can get their season started because the schedule makers made them play Golden State. Not all is lost though.

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The opposing team will be excited to play spoiler. On such an emotional night, the defending champs could be vulnerable. They could lose focus and fall in their opener.

The league will not put just any team across from Golden State. They want to get the season started off right so expect an exciting matchup. But who will be the team going up against the Dubs on Opening Night (which is starting on October 17th this year)?

It won’t be the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors will meet last year’s runners up on Christmas Day. The NBA Finals rematch won’t happen any earlier than that and it, definitely, won’t come in the first game of the season–though getting rings in front of LeBron James would be pretty sweet.

Golden State will take on a Western Conference team. There are a lot of potentially exciting matchups. The Warriors are the hunted and there are teams gunning for them.

Here are five potential Opening Night matchups for the Golden State Warriors.