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NBA Game Previews for Tue, Oct. 27
Pistons at Hawks, 8 p.m. ET -- The AP reports: The Hawks' 60 wins in 2014-15 were a club record and the most in the Eastern Conference, and they won 19 in a row from December-January. They were dumped from the playoffs in unceremonious fashion, however, losing by an average of 13.3 points while being swept by Cleveland in the Eastern Conference finals... Atlanta is tasked with replacing the only non-All Star from its starting lineup in DeMarre Carroll, who signed a $60 million deal with Toronto... The Pistons haven't reached the postseason since 2009, though they showed some progress last season. The 32 wins were their most since that year, and they went .500 over their final 54 games under first-year coach Stan Van Gundy.
That was with Greg Monroe averaging 15.9 points, though, leading the team in scoring for the third time in four seasons. He left for division rival Milwaukee, and 22-year-old center Andre Drummond is poised to supplant Monroe as the team's new cornerstone. That's what Detroit is hoping for, at least.
Cavs at Bulls, 8 p.m. ET -- The AP reports: LeBron James has declared himself ready for his 13th NBA season since the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar's lower back is feeling better.
Fellow former MVP Derrick Rose may have only one good eye, but he insists he will be ready to go for the Chicago Bulls.
The Cavaliers eliminated the Bulls in last season's conference semifinals and look to spoil Fred Hoiberg's coaching debut for Chicago on Tuesday night at the United Center. James' return to Cleveland in 2014-15 was a resounding success, leading the club to a 53-29 season and its second NBA Finals appearance with a six-game loss to Golden State. The four-time MVP had two triple-doubles, tied for most ever, and averaged 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists in the Finals as the Cavaliers played without Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.
Pelicans at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. ET -- The AP reports: The Warriors will receive their championship rings before Tuesday night's opener against a Pelicans team that has dropped 14 of the last 15 meetings between the teams, including seven straight at the Oracle Arena.
Led by league MVP Stephen Curry, Golden State ended a 30-year championship drought by knocking off LeBron James and Cleveland in the Finals after posting the league's best record at 67-15... New Orleans is looking to improve upon its 45-37 mark after adding center Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson. The Pelicans, who are 0-7 at Golden State since Davis entered the league in 2012-13, hope Gentry will help them close the gap with the league's best team.