1. October 24 – Kawhi-led Clippers at home on opening night
Many experts are picking the Clippers as their new title favorites and with Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Lou Williams and cast, it’s hard to argue otherwise. They’ll certainly be the best defensive team the league has seen in a while.
The Dubs won’t have to wait long to get their first taste of the Clips’ new powerhouse lineup, as they host LAC on opening night, also the first regular-season game to be played at Chase Center. The true opening of the Chase Center is reason enough to watch this game.
It will be interesting to see how the Dubs match up with Leonard and George, both on the offensive and defensive ends. Their relative size and strength may give the Dubs fits, especially without the defensive talents of Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson.
Alfonzo McKinnie will have to guard one of them. Then, on the other end, you’ll have Patrick Beverley taking on Steph. This could get ugly early, but it’ll be interesting to see how the Dubs take on the new-look Clippers.
If the Dubs can show up against the Clippers on opening night, it will definitely be a statement for all the naysayers around the league.