BROOKLYN — Kevin Durant will go up against his former team when the Brooklyn Nets open their season at home against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.
This will be the first game of a doubleheader, with defending champion LA Lakers and LA Clippers battling in the second game.
Tip-off time from the Barclays Center is slated for 7:00 p.m. ET with TNT airing the game and live streaming online at Watch TNT Live.
Golden State Faces New-Look Brooklyn
The new-look Brooklyn team, with the likes of Durant, who spent three seasons with Golden State, Kyrie Irving, and DeAndre Jordan on its roster, will seek to open the season with a victory against a Golden State setup that will be without Klay Thompson for the entire season.
The Nets are a seven and half point favorites to open the season with a win, with ESPN’s Basketball Power Index also giving them a 50.4% chance to be the Warriors, who could be without power forward Draymond Green for the opener.
Golden State won two of its three preseason games earlier this month, while the Nets defeated Washington and Boston in their two exhibition matchups.
With Thompson out and Green doubtful, the bulk of the offense is expected to come from Stephen Curry, who said this week that he’s excited to be back and is ready to showcase the new Warriors setup.
Warriors Ready To Show Talents
Curry is particularly excited to see Andrew Wiggins, Damion Lee, Kevon Looney and Kelly Oubre Jr. play, while top draft pick James Wiseman, who missed the preseason games, could play a few minutes against the Nets.
Brooklyn finished last season with a 35-37 overall record and shot 44.8% from the field and 34.3% from 3-point range in the 2019-20 season.
The Warriors, in the meantime, finished last in the Western Conference last season with Thompson and Curry out injured. Steve Kerr’s side had an overall record of 15-50 and was 9-34 in the conference play.
INJURIES: Nets: Nicolas Claxton: out (right knee).
Warriors: Klay Thompson: out (right achilles).