It won’t take long this season for the Mavericks to get an up-close look at the early favorites for the 2020 NBA championship.
The Los Angeles Clippers, installed as the 3/1 betting favorites after acquiring Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, will face the Mavericks in a preseason game at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada, on Oct. 17.
This is the seventh game in the NBA Canada Series, presented by Bell, and the first time the Mavericks have been involved in the event.
For Maverick fans interested in making a vacation of it, tickets to the game go on sale July 25.
The Mavericks have a long history of playing international games. Last preseason, they spent more than a week in China for preseason games against Philadelphia at Shanghai and Shenzhen. They have had multiple visits to Mexico City for games in preseason and during the regular season. They also went to Germany and Spain for preseason games in 2013.
Below is the NBA’s official news release about the event:
TORONTO, July 9, 2019 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced that the seventh NBA Canada Series presented by Bell will feature the LA Clippers and the Dallas Mavericks playing a 2019 preseason game at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Thursday, October 17.
The Clippers will take on Toronto-native Dwight Powell and the Mavericks in the fifth preseason game played in Vancouver as part of NBA Canada Series presented by Bell. The game will also mark the Clippers’ second appearance in NBA Canada Series presented by Bell and the first appearance for the Mavericks. Approximately a quarter of a million Canadians have attended 13 games in five cities since NBA Canada Series presented by Bell launched in 2012.
Tickets will go on sale Thursday, July 25. Fans in Canada are encouraged to register for exclusive presale ticket access at NBA.com/CanadaSeries.
NBA Canada Series presented by Bell will feature fan events, NBA legend appearances and an NBA Cares program in Vancouver. In addition to presenting partner Bell, supporting partners include Miller Genuine Draft, Nike and Tangerine.
At the 2019 NBA Awards, the Clippers’ Lou Williams won the Kia NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award for the third time in his career. The Mavericks’ Luka Dončić was named Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, following a standout season that saw him record the third-most triple-doubles by a rookie in NBA history (eight).
The 2018-19 NBA regular season set new records in Canada for broadcast viewership, merchandise sales, national partnerships and activations. The 2019 NBA Finals, which saw the Toronto Raptors win the first NBA Championship outside of the U.S., saw 56% of the Canadian population watch part of the six-game series.
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NBA Canada Managing Director Dan MacKenzie:
“Following an historic NBA season in Canada, we’re thrilled to return to Vancouver for the 2019/20 preseason. We’re proud to partner with Bell to bring another tremendous match-up to Canadian basketball fans, and special thanks to the Clippers and the Mavericks for joining us at Rogers Arena this fall.”
Bell Canada Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Loring Phinney:
“We couldn’t be more excited to once again join forces with the NBA to kick off the preseason in Vancouver. As a proud NBA partner, Bell looks forward to bringing Canadian basketball fans another spectacular season in 2019/20.”
Dallas Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle:
“We are thrilled to be a part of the NBA Canada Series for the first time. Vancouver is a very special city and we look forward to playing in front of their great fans again.”