On Wednesday, the Toronto Raptors announced an 8-game preseason schedule featuring just two contests at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors will also host preseason games in Vancouver and Montreal as part of the NBA Canada Series.
Toronto will open preseason play against the Sacramento Kings at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Sunday, October 5 and play the New York Knicks at Bell Centre in Montreal on Friday, October 24.
At the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, the Raptors will face the Boston Celtics on Friday, October 10 and Maccabi Haifa from Israel on Wednesday, October 22. This marks the eighth time a European club has visited Toronto for preseason action.
Previously, the Raptors played host to Panathinaikos (Greece) in 2003, Benetton (Italy) in 2004, Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel) in 2005 and 2006, Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania) in 2007, CSKA Moscow (Russia) in 2008 and Real Madrid (Spain) in 2012.
Toronto will play preseason road games on Tuesday, October 7 at Sacramento, on Monday, October 13 at New York, on Wednesday, October 15 against Boston in Portland, Maine and on Friday, October 17 versus the Oklahoma City Thunder in Wichita, Kansas.
The Raptors usually play 4 preseason games at the Air Canada Centre each year and this schedule marks a significant departure from past practice.