Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer
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.