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2014-15 NBA schedule released

The 2014-15 NBA schedule is here, with some pretty sweet matchups highlighting the season's big days. The opening-night slate comprises Dallas Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Lakers. On Christmas, the Cleveland Cavaliers make their first trip to Miami since LeBron James left the Heat, while Western Conference titans Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs square off in Texas. It's all part of a regular season that promises to be compelling.

  • Which NBA opening-night game are you most looking forward to?

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  • Which Christmas Day game are you most looking forward to?

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  • Which of these is your favorite day of games during the NBA regular season?

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  • If you were a Heat fan, how would you welcome LeBron James when the Cavaliers play in Miami on Dec. 25?

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  • Which player's return from injury in 2014-15 is more intriguing?

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  • What do you make of the NBA giving teams a full week off around the All-Star break?

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  • How many regular-season NBA games do you usually attend per year?

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  • Which team will finish with the best regular-season record?

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NBA free agency predictions?

NBA free agents can't officially sign until Thursday. But the noise surrounding the league's best available players just keeps growing. LeBron James reportedly is considering the Cleveland Cavaliers. His former Miami Heat teammate Chris Bosh apparently is interested in the Houston Rockets. Carmelo Anthony could leave the New York Knicks for the Los Angeles Lakers, while Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson might join Melo in L.A., or take his talents to the Dallas Mavericks. How will it all play out?

  • Where will LeBron James play next season?

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  • Where will Chris Bosh play next season?

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  • Which team will Carmelo Anthony play for next season?

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  • Where do you want LeBron James to play next season?

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  • Which is more likely to happen?

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  • Which team would be the best fit for Lance Stephenson?

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Where will LeBron James play?

Although LeBron James opted out of his contract, conventional wisdom suggested he would re-sign with the Miami Heat and give things another go with the rest of the Big Three. But now that's not so clear, as reportedly James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade aren't quite on the same page. Meanwhile, with James himself on vacation, sources say his agent, Rich Paul, might have met with representatives for the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns and possibly the Cleveland Cavaliers. Will James really leave South Florida?

Where will LeBron James play next season?

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  • If he leaves the Heat, where will LeBron James go?

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  • Which of these teams would give LeBron James the best shot at contending for titles?

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  • Where do you want LeBron James to play next season?

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  • How many members of the Big Three will play for the Heat next season?

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NBA free agency predictions?

July 1 marks the beginning of NBA free agency, and what a time it should be. LeBron James is available. So are Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, James' and Bosh's fellow Big Three member Dwyane Wade and -- perhaps briefly, if he re-signs as expected -- Dirk Nowitzki. That's not to mention restricted free agents such as Eric Bledsoe and Gordon Hayward, plus trade targets like Kevin Love. What will happen when the players start moving?

Where will LeBron James play next season?

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  • Where do you want LeBron James to play next season?

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  • How many of the Heat's Big Three will return next season?

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  • Which team will Carmelo Anthony play for next season?

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  • Behind LeBron James, who is the best unrestricted free agent on the market this summer?

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  • On which team will Kevin Love be at the start of the 2014-15 season?

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  • Will restricted free agents Eric Bledsoe (Suns), Gordon Hayward (Jazz) and Greg Monroe (Pistons) change teams this summer?

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Game 7 drama for NBA playoffs

The first round of the 2014 NBA playoffs have been unpredictable and exciting. So it's fitting that five of the eight opening series will come down to the ultimate sports drama this weekend: a win-or-go-home Game 7. On Saturday, the Pacers, Thunder and Clippers all advanced to the conference semifinals. Still ahead on Sunday: the Spurs will both be looking to stave off an unexpected early exit at the hands of the Mavericks, whle fhe Nets and Raptors play for the right to face the Heat in the next round.

  • Who will win Game 7 of the Mavericks-Spurs Western Conference first-round series in San Antonio?

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  • Which team will win Game 7 of the Nets-Raptors Eastern Conference first round series in Toronto?

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