The Week Ahead: Week 1

David Leggieri
Rotoworld

We made it! The season is here! Week 1 is light in games, but rich in excitement. The year begins in Toronto with the Raptors raising the first championship banner in franchise history. Make sure you keep Rotoworld up as you prepare for your drafts this weekend and early next week!

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Week 1 Schedule: Games Played

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3 games: BOS, BKN, CHA, CHI, DAL, DET, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIN, NOP, NYK, OKC, PHX, POR, SAC, TOR, UTA, WAS

2 games: ATL, CLE, DEN, GSW, HOU, IND, MIL, ORL, PHI, SAS

NBA Streaming Schedule:

Tuesday (2 games): Pelicans @ Raptors, Lakers @ Clippers

Wednesday (11 games): Thunder @ Jazz, Knicks @ Spurs, Nuggets @ Blazers, Kings @ Suns, Celtics @ 76ers, Cavs @ Magic, Grizzlies @ Heat, Pistons @ Pacers, Wizards @ Mavs, Bulls @ Hornets, Wolves @ Nets

Thursday (3 games): Bucks @ Rockets, Clippers @ Warriors, Hawks @ Pistons

Friday (9 games): Knicks @ Nets, Raptors @ Celtics, Wolves @ Hornets, Suns @ Nuggets, Jazz @ Lakers, Bulls @ Grizzlies, Mavs @ Pelicans, Wizards @ Thunder, Blazers @ Kings

Saturday (10 games): Magic @ Hawks, Raptors @ Bulls, Pacers @ Cavs, 76ers @ Pistons, Pelicans @ Rockets, Heat @ Bucks, Celtics @ Knicks, Clippers @ Suns, Wizards @ Spurs, Kings @ Jazz

Sunday (5 games): Warriors @ Thunder, Heat @ Wolves, Nets @ Grizzlies, Hornets @ Lakers, Blazers @ Mavs

Back-to-Backs:

Tuesday-Wednesday: none

Wednesday-Thursday: Pistons

Thursday-Friday: none

Friday-Saturday: Celtics, Kings, Pelicans, Wizards, Jazz, Suns, Bulls, Raptors, Knicks

Saturday-Sunday: Heat

Sunday-Monday (Oct. 28): Thunder, Warriors, Hornets, Blazers

Three games in four nights:

Monday-Thursday: none

Tuesday-Friday: none

Wednesday-Saturday: Jazz, Knicks, Kings, Suns, Celtics, Pistons, Wizards, Bulls

Thursday-Sunday: none

Injury Notes:

Cam Reddish (hip) missed the final game of the preseason, but should be good to go for the season opener.

Kevin Huerter (knee) sat out the entire preseason and is questionable for the opener.

Robert Williams (concussion) is still in the concussion protocol, but he is expected to be cleared before the opener on Wednesday.

Terry Rozier (knee) was held out of the final preseason game as a precaution and should be ready for game one.

Nicolas Batum (Achilles) only played in two preseason games, but should be available at the start of the season. His role will be reduced this season, though.

Ante Zizic (foot) will miss approximately four weeks.

Dylan Windler (leg) will miss at least the first couple weeks of the season.

Seth Curry (knee) suffered knee contusion late in the preseason, but should be fine for the opener.

Dwight Powell (hamstring) missed all of preseason and is highly questionable to begin the season.

Luke Kennard (knee) sat out of the final preseason game as a precaution and should play in the opener.

Blake Griffin (hamstring) dealt with both injury and illness during the preseason, but is expected to be fine for game one.

Kevon Looney (hamstring) missed most of the preseason, but he’s expected to start at center when the Warriors open the season.

Willie Cauley-Stein (foot) will miss at least the first few weeks of the season.

Austin Rivers (neck, shoulder) left the team’s preseason finale, but his ailments don’t appear to be serious. 

Gerald Green (foot) will be out multiple months, and possibly the entire season.

Victor Oladipo (knee) is building up to 5-on-5 play, but he still likely won’t be back until around the new year.

Paul George (shoulders) will be out for at least the first 10 games of the season.

Zion Williamson (right knee) is expected to miss the first few weeks.

Jonas Valanciunas (foot) hopes to play in the season opener, but that is not a certainty.

Eric Bledsoe (ribs) has yet to be cleared for contact work and should be considered questionable for the opener.

Dario Saric (quad) missed the preseason finale, but doesn’t appear to be in danger of missing any regular season games.

Hassan Whiteside (ankle) tweaked his left ankle in the penultimate preseason game and is questionable for the opener.

Pau Gasol (foot rehab) missed all of the preseason and will not be ready to play in the season opener.

Harry Giles (knee) is doubtful for the season opener and may miss more time after.

Cory Joseph (calf) returned to practice on Friday and is on track for the opener.

Trevor Ariza (back) was back at practice on Thursday and should be ready for the opener.

Dante Exum (knee) missed the entire preseason and is doubtful to begin the season.

Isaiah Thomas (thumb) is close to being cleared for contact work, but he will miss some time at the start of the season.

Troy Brown Jr. (calf) could miss the first 20 games of the season.

Kevin Durant (Achilles), Klay Thompson (knee), DeMarcus Cousins (knee) and John Wall (Achilles) will be out for most, if not all, of the season.

Good luck this week and for the rest of the season!

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