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The NBA's two matchups on TNT for opening night October 17 will feature the teams with the top two projections in both conferences via ESPN's real plus-minus (RPM). My RPM projections, published last week, have the Boston Celtics (49.4 expected wins) atop the Eastern Conference, ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers (49.2). Those teams face off at 8 p.m. Eastern, followed by the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets at 10:30. The Warriors are projected for a league-high 62.1 wins, trailed by the Rockets at 55.0.

Kevin Pelton, ESPN Staff Writer
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