NBA Preseason Schedule Released

NEW YORK — The NBA today released its 2012 preseason schedule, which tips off Friday, Oct. 5, in Istanbul when the Boston Celtics take on Turkish basketball powerhouse Fenerbahce Ulker at Ulker Sports Arena.

The preseason schedule features nine games played internationally, with single games in Barcelona, Berlin, Istanbul, and Milan.

Following the game in Istanbul, the Celtics move on to Milan to play EA7 Emporio Armani Milano at Mediolanum Forum on Oct. 7.

Dirk Nowitzki leads the Dallas Mavericks to Berlin where they will play Alba Berlin at O2 World on Oct. 6 (it will be Mark Cuban’ first time attending a basketball game overseas).

Dallas wraps up NBA Europe Live 2012 presented by BBVA in Spain against FC Barcelona Regal in a game played at Palau Sant Jordi on Oct. 9. All four of the NBA’s preseason contests in Europe will be telecast on NBA TV, and the network will add further games to its preseason viewing schedule in the coming weeks.

Preseason basketball returns to Mexico when rookie coach Jacque Vaughn leads the Orlando Magic against the New Orleans Hornets and Anthony Davis, the overall No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft, at Mexico City Arena on Oct. 7. This marks the NBA’s 20th game in Mexico overall, the most NBA games held in any country outside the United States and Canada.

The defending champion Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers play a pair of contests as part of NBA China Games. The teams will tip off on Oct. 11, in Beijing at MasterCard Center. On Oct. 14, Miami and Los Angeles will play at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.

The NBA Canada Series features a two-game slate. Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks travel to Montreal to battle Andrea Bargnani and the Toronto Raptors on Oct. 19 at the Bell Centre, while Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves head to Winnipeg to face Greg Monroe and the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 24 at the MTS Centre.

TNT and ESPN will each televise two games during October.

TNT begins its NBA coverage on Thursday, Oct. 18, when the Celtics visit Deron Williams and the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center at 8 p.m. ET.  The network will also feature a Western Conference showdown on Thursday Oct. 25, when the Clippers travel to the Pepsi Center to face Ty Lawson and the Denver Nuggets at 10 p.m. ET.

ESPN will televise a doubleheader on Oct. 26 beginning with the Heat hosting the Hornets at 8 p.m. ET.  The nightcap will showcase the Nuggets visiting the Phoenix Suns at 10:30 p.m. ET.

The league’s 67th season begins Tuesday, Oct. 30, as part of Kia NBA Tip-Off ’12, with a TNT doubleheader. In the first game (8 p.m. ET), the Heat opens up defense of its NBA title by hosting a Celtics team that took Miami to seven games in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. Before the game, TNT will televise the championship ring ceremony. The second game features two Western Conference powers as the Mavericks visit the Lakers (10:30 p.m. ET).

The entire preseason slate is listed below.

2012 NBA PRESEASON SCHEDULE
(All Times Local)

Date                Game                                Location                                                Time
^October 5        Boston @ Fenerbahce Ulker                Ulker Sports Arena, Istanbul, Turkey                        9:00PM
October 6          Real Madrid @ Memphis                        FedExForum, Memphis, TN                                           7:00PM
October 6          Montepaschi Siena @ San Antonio    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX                                      7:30PM
October 6          Denver @ LA Clippers                             Mandalay Bay Event Center, Las Vegas, NV            7:30PM
^October 6       Dallas @ Alba Berlin                                 O2 World, Berlin, Germany                                             8:00PM

October 7        Washington @ Charlotte                          Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC                1:00PM
^October 7        Orlando @ New Orleans                        Mexico City Arena, Mexico City, Mexico                1:30PM
October 7        Miami @ Atlanta                                         Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA                                             2:00PM
October 7        Golden State @ LA Lakers                       Save Mart Center, Fresno, CA                                       7:00PM
^October 7        Boston @ Armani Milano                     Mediolanum Forum, Milan, Italy                                6:00PM

October 8        Real Madrid @ Toronto                            Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON                                 7:00PM
October 8        Montepaschi Siena @ Cleveland           Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH                        7:00PM
October 8         Utah @ Golden State                                 Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA                                             7:30PM

October 9        Milwaukee @ Cleveland                            Canton Memorial Civic Center, Canton, OH            7:00PM
October 9        Memphis @ Chicago                                   United Center, Chicago, IL                                             7:00PM
October 9        Charlotte @ New Orleans                         New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA                        7:00PM
^October 9        Dallas @ FC Barcelona Regal               Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain                               9:00PM

October 10        Oklahoma City @ Houston                    State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, TX                                      7:00PM
October 10        Indiana @ Minnesota                              FARGODOME, Fargo, ND                                                  7:00PM
October 10        Phoenix @ Sacramento                          Power Balance Pavilion, Sacramento, CA                 7:00PM
October 10        Portland @ LA Lakers                             Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, CA               7:00PM
October 10        Toronto @ Detroit                                    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI          7:30PM
October 10        Atlanta @ San Antonio                           AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX                                       7:30PM

October 11        New York @ Washington                        Verizon Center, Washington, DC                                   7:00PM
October 11        Philadelphia @ Orlando                           Amway Center, Orlando, FL                                           7:00PM
October 11        New Orleans @ Charlotte                        N.Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SC        7:30PM
^October 11        Miami @ LA Clippers                             MasterCard Center, Beijing, China                               7:30PM
October 11        Maccabi Haifa @ Golden State              Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA                                              7:30PM

October 12        Detroit @ Toronto                                     Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON                                   7:00PM
October 12        Minnesota @ Indiana                               Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN                7:00PM
October 12        Cleveland @ Chicago                                Assembly Hall, Champaign, IL                                       7:00PM
October 12         New Orleans @ Houston                        Toyota Center, Houston, TX                                            7:00PM
October 12        Oklahoma City @ Utah                            EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT                7:00PM
October 12        Portland @ Phoenix                                 US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ                                    7:00PM
October 12         Denver @ San Antonio                           AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX                                        7:30PM

October 13        Brooklyn @ Philadelphia                        TBD                                                                                             7:00PM
October 13        Chicago @ Minnesota                               Target Center, Minneapolis, MN                                    7:00PM
October 13        New York @ Boston                                  XL Center, Hartford, CT                                                      7:30PM
October 13        Washington @ Cleveland                        Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH                           7:30PM
October 13         Detroit @ Milwaukee                               BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI              7:30PM
October 13         Utah @ LA Lakers                                     Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA                                      7:30PM

^October 14        LA Clippers @ Miami                             Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai, China                    12:30PM
October 14         San Antonio @ Houston                         Toyota Center, Houston, TX                                             1:00PM
October 14         Atlanta @ Memphis                                  FedExForum, Memphis, TN                                             5:00PM

October 15        Boston @ Philadelphia                              Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA                          7:00PM
October 15        Orlando @ Cleveland                                 TBD                                                                                             7:00PM
October 15        Toronto @ Memphis                                  FedExForum, Memphis, TN                                             7:00PM
October 15        Golden State @ Denver                             Pepsi Center, Denver, CO                                                   7:00PM
October 15        Portland @ Sacramento                           Power Balance Pavilion, Sacramento, CA                   7:00PM
October 15        Washington @ Brooklyn                           Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY                                       7:30PM
October 15        Houston @ Dallas                                        American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX                           7:30PM

October 16        Atlanta @ Indiana                                       Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN                 7:00PM
October 16        Milwaukee @ Chicago                                United Center, Chicago, IL                                               7:00PM
October 16        Charlotte @ Oklahoma City                     Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK        7:00PM
October 16        Maccabi Haifa @ Minnesota                    Target Center, Minneapolis, MN                                    7:00PM
October 16        Utah @ LA Lakers                                        Honda Center, Anaheim, CA                                            7:00PM
October 16        Brooklyn @ Boston                                     TD Garden, Boston, MA                                                      7:30PM
October 16        Orlando @ Detroit                                       The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI          7:30PM

October 17         Washington @ Toronto                            Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON                                    7:00PM
October 17         Cleveland @ Philadelphia                       Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA                          7:00PM
October 17        Memphis @ Houston                                  Toyota Center, Houston, TX                                           7:00PM
October 17         Golden State @ Sacramento                   Power Balance Pavilion, Sacramento, CA                 7:00PM
October 17        Denver @ Portland                                      Rose Garden, Portland, OR                                              7:00PM
October 17         Phoenix @ Dallas                                         American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX                         7:30PM
October 17        Utah @ LA Clippers                                     Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA                                    7:30PM

October 18         Memphis @ Milwaukee                             La Crosse Center, La Crosse, WI                                    7:00PM
October 18        New Orleans @ Atlanta                              Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA                                               7:30PM
October 18         Detroit @ Miami                                          AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL                            7:30PM
#October 18        Boston @ Brooklyn                                   Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY                                      8:00PM

October 19        New York @ Toronto                                  Bell Centre, Montreal, QC                                                 7:00PM
October 19         Indiana @ Orlando                                     Amway Center, Orlando, FL                                            7:00PM
October 19        Minnesota @ Chicago                                 United Center, Chicago, IL                                              7:00PM
October 19        Phoenix @ Oklahoma City                        BOK Center, Tulsa, OK                                                       7:00PM
October 19        Sacramento @ LA Lakers                          Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV                     7:00PM
October 19        Golden State @ Portland                           Rose Garden, Portland, OR                                             7:00PM
October 19        Philadelphia @ Brooklyn                           Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY                                     7:30PM

October 20        Dallas @ Atlanta                                           Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA                                               7:00PM
October 20         Memphis @ Indiana                                   Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN                7:00PM
October 20        LA Clippers @ Utah                                     EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT               7:00PM
October 20        New York @ Boston                                    Times Union Center, Albany, NY                                   7:30PM
October 20        San Antonio @ Miami                                AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL                             7:30PM
October 20        Charlotte @ Detroit                                     The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI          7:30PM
October 20        Washington @ Milwaukee                         BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI             7:30PM

October 21        San Antonio @ Orlando                              Amway Center, Orlando, FL                                            6:00PM
October 21        Sacramento @ LA Lakers                           Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA                                    6:30PM
October 21        Denver @ Oklahoma City                           Chesapeake Energy ArenaOklahoma City, OK       7:00PM
October 21        Philadelphia @ Boston                                TD Garden, Boston, MA                                                     7:30PM

October 22        Milwaukee @ Toronto                                Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON                                    7:00PM
October 22        Sacramento @ Phoenix                              US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ                                  7:00PM
October 22         Utah @ Portland                                          Rose Garden, Portland, OR                                              7:00PM
October 22        New Orleans @ Dallas                                 American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX                          7:30PM
October 22        Golden State @ LA Clippers                     Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA                                    7:30PM

October 23         Miami @ Charlotte                                      PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC                                                    7:00PM
October 23        Indiana @ Cleveland                                   Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH                         7:00PM
October 23        Oklahoma City @ Chicago                         United Center, Chicago, IL                                              7:00PM
October 23        Phoenix @ Golden State                            Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA                                               7:30PM

October 24        Orlando @ Memphis                                   FedExForum, Memphis, TN                                             7:00PM
October 24         Houston @ New Orleans                          New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA                          7:00PM
October 24        Dallas @ Oklahoma City                            INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, KS                                7:00PM
October 24        Detroit @ Minnesota                                  MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB                                               7:00PM
October 24        New York @ Brooklyn                               Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY                               7:30PM
October 24        Washington @ Miami                                 Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO                                       7:30PM
October 24        LA Lakers @ LA Clippers                         Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA                                      7:30PM

October 25        Milwaukee @ Charlotte                            Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC                11:00AM
October 25        Portland @ Utah                                         EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT                7:00PM
October 25        Sacramento @ LA Lakers                        Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA                 7:00PM
#October 25     LA Clippers @ Denver                               Pepsi Center, Denver, CO                                                  8:00PM

October 26        Houston @ Orlando                                   Amway Center, Orlando, FL                                            7:00PM
October 26        Indiana @ Chicago                                     Joyce Center, South Bend, IN                                         7:00PM
October 26         Minnesota @ Milwaukee                         Resch Center, Green Bay, WI                                          7:00PM
October 26        Atlanta @ Detroit                                        The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI         7:30PM
October 26        Charlotte @ Dallas                                      American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX                          7:30PM
October 26        Washington @ San Antonio                    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX                                       7:30PM
$October 26      Denver @ Phoenix                                     US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ                                   7:30PM
$October 26      New Orleans @ Miami                              AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL                            8:00PM

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