The NBA season is back and now it's your chance to get in on the action. With the addition of several key players, most notably Carmelo Anthony, our Rockets have their eyes set on one thing: bringing a championship back to Houston for the first time since 1995. This season is set to be one of the most exciting in recent memory, as a stacked Western Conference is going to put up a tough fight. Though, if there's one thing we saw from the Rockets last year - they aren't going to be intimidated by anyone.
Now, all you have to do is choose which game you'll be attending at Toyota Center this season. Here are the top five biggest games taking place at Toyota Center this season.
October 17: New Orleans Pelicans at Houston Rockets
The Rockets first game back at Toyota Center this season will be against the New Orleans Pelicans and their superstar big man, Anthony Davis. Even though the Pelicans are not expected to be a threat to the Rockets this year, it is well-known that James Harden and Chris Paul look to set a precedent early in the season by going for the jugular, no matter who is on the opposing bench. This will also be your first chance to see Carmelo Anthony in a Rockets jersey during the regular season.
November 15: Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets
Yes, the last time we played the reigning NBA champs in Houston we didn't get the outcome we were hoping for, as Chris Paul missed game seven of the Western Conference Finals, and the Rockets fell one game short of an NBA Finals appearance. Since then, Golden State has further stacked their team by acquiring all-star Demarcus Cousins and have made it that much tougher for every other team to dethrone them. This game will be important because it will be the first visit to Toyota Center for the Warriors this season. Expect a high-energy, high-scoring game. Like, REALLY high-scoring.
December 13: Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets
Whenever LeBron James is in town, you can expect a tooth-and-nail battle until the final buzzer. With undoubtedly the biggest move of the offseason, LeBron chose to take his talents to Hollywood and joined the Lakers. You better believe that the Rockets aren't going to be distracted by the swarm of media that will be following Los Angeles all season long. This is our house and not even the King can change that. The prospective playoffs match-up is going to be focused on our Rockets turning up the heat on the Lakers new leader and his young supporting cast.
December 25: Oklahoma City at Houston Rockets
It's the most wonderful time of the year - Christmas Day NBA games! We all know that James Harden was traded to Houston by OKC several years ago, and he has never strayed from showing them what they missed out on. The drama is heightened as Carmelo was also traded by the Thunder this offseason and is on a mission to make them regret their decision each time they face his new team. This game is going to be full of scoring as the last two MVP, Russell Westbrook and Harden, will be on the same court, on one of the most-televised NBA days of the year. Happy holidays.
February 28: Miami Heat at Houston Rockets
Soon after the all-star break, the infamous Miami Heat make their way down to Houston for what to the naked eye would be just another regular season match-up. Though, this game holds weight due to the fact that it will be the last time you'll have a chance to see future Hall of Famer, Dwayne Wade, don an NBA jersey at Toyota Center. After years of battles against the Rockets, you know he will want to go out with one last hoorah before he hands up the sneakers for good. Expect D-Wade to leave it all out on the floor. This is a game for the true NBA fan and will be a moment enshrined in history.