NBA China Games 2018 to feature Mavericks and 76ers Global on Apr 18, 2018 08:08 AM
NBA China Games 2018 to feature Mavericks and 76ers
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks looks on during the national anthem prior to the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 28, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

NBA press release

NEW YORK AND BEIJING – The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that the NBA China Games 2018 will feature two preseason games between the Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers.

The Mavericks and 76ers will both play in China for the first time when they meet on Friday, Oct. 5 in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, followed by a rematch on Monday, Oct. 8 in Shenzhen at the Shenzhen Universiade Center.  

The announcement was made today at the Shenzhen Universiade Center by NBA China CEO David Shoemaker and Director of the Longgang Municipal Bureau of Culture, Sports and Tourism Liu Deping.

Following the NBA China Games 2018, which will mark the NBA’s 25th and 26th games in China, 17 NBA teams will have participated since 2004, in Beijing, Guangzhou, Macao, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei.

The NBA China Games 2018 will feature a variety of fan activities, including the seventh annual NBA Fan Day on Thursday, Oct. 4 in Shanghai, which will provide thousands of fans with the opportunity to participate in oncourt games and watch the Mavericks and 76ers conduct basketball activities and skills competitions. In addition to the NBA Fan Day, the league and its partners will conduct a series of NBA Cares community outreach events in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

The Mavericks’ roster currently features 13-time NBA All-Star and 2011 NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki, 2015 NBA Champion Harrison Barnes and standout rookie Dennis Smith Jr.  The 76ers are led by a young core featuring All-Star center Joel Embiid and Rookie of the Year candidate Ben Simmons. Philadelphia's talented roster also includes 2017 No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, Dario Šarić and Robert Covington.

The games will be promoted and produced by iRENA, co-produced by AEG Presents and supported by a roster of marketing and merchandising partners, and will be available in more than 200 countries and territories on television, digital and social media.

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