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The NBA returns in an hour. The Warriors are the most popular pick to win it all, but not all of our experts agree:

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Not your typical locker room beverage before a season opener (plus peep the championship tags on on the back of the uniform).


Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN

As Cavs face Knicks, a reminder they traded Dion Waiters & a 2nd rd pick for Iman Shumpert, JR Smith & a 1st rd pick in 2015.

Field Yates @FieldYates

World Series Game 1, NBA season opener, Cavs ring/banner ceremony, KD's Golden State debut. What a great night of sports ahead.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose is representing the Knicks on the back of his socks tonight:

Adam Reisinger 

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said the message to the team before training camp was "If one championship is good enough for you then you shouldn't be here."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Ty Lue's three keys for the season: sharing the ball, defensive foundation and a quickened pace.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

A look at the Knicks warming up, which includes Derrick Rose shooting a medicine ball:


Adam Reisinger 

Tristan Thompson meets The Undertaker before the game. Thompson is listed at 6-foot-9, if you wanted some perspective on how tall the WWE star really is.

Adam Reisinger 

The Undertaker presented Kevin Love with a championship belt before the Cavs-Knicks game.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are my predicted wins for all 30 teams this season.

Adam Reisinger 

Chris Andersen, one of the Cavs' new additions in the offseason, ran into The Undertaker before taking the court, then said of the WWE legend, "Undertaker got me pumped up."

ESPN Stats and Information  

Each of the last four defending NBA champions won their season opener. The last defending champion to lose on opening night was the Mavericks in 2011-12, against LeBron James and the Heat. The Cavaliers have won six straight against the Knicks. Cleveland's only loss to the Knicks since James returned to Cleveland was their season opener in 2014-15.

LeBron James @KingJames

What A Day for this city! I'm so damn humbled & honored to be one to bring happiness and joy to it all! You guys deserve.....

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks have five rookies on their roster, which doesn't bother Jeff Hornacek. "They're not fearful. Sometimes you see that in young players…. For whatever reason our guys that came from overseas, first time in the NBA, they're not that way." Big man Willy Hernangomez figures to get the most minutes of the quintet.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

It's 50 degrees in Cleveland, but when LeBron says he wants an ice cream truck, you do it. Blue Bunny came from Iowa to make it happen