NBA preseason schedule: Celtics, Timberwolves travel to Canada; Memphis visits Atlanta

Jared Wickerham

We're creeping closer and closer to the start of the NBA regular season which means one thing: more preseason fun!

The Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada will play host to the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday as part of the NBA Canada Series. Timberwolves forward Kevin Love leads the team in both scoring and rebounding thus far in the preseason while Ricky Rubio, entering his third full season, is averaging 4.5 assists. The Celtics are fully engaged in a rebuilding mode and first year head coach Brad Stevens will experiment with a bunch of different lineups.

Memphis at Atlanta is worth noting as it's the earliest game of today. Marc Gasol, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, is always fun to watch and his match up against Al Horford should be a good one. The Hawks' rookie point guard Dennis Schroeder is bound to be a #LeaguePassAlert too, so there's that.

The new look Detroit Pistons and the Orlando Magic will face off at 6 ET. The Pistons are full of questions but should be a fun team to watch with their new guys Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith. Andre Drummond, entering his second full NBA season, is averaging nearly 10 rebounds and 2 blocks so far in the preseason. The Magic, for their part, aren't a good team but are loaded with young talent, which is entertaining even in losing.

Beyond that, there are two other games on Sunday: the Utah Jazz at the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Sacramento Kings at the Portland Trailblazers. Kevin Durant is already in mid-season form, averaging nearly 27 points through the preseason. DeMarcus Cousins is looking to prove he's worth every bit of his shiny new $62 million contract with averages of 21 and 9 thus far.

Here's the full schedule:

Game Time (ET) TV
Memphis Grizzlies at Atlanta Hawks
3 p.m.
Detroit Pistons at Orlando Magic 6 p.m.
Boston Celtics at Minnesota Timberwolves 6 p.m. NBA TV
Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder 7 p.m.
Sacramento Kings at Portland Trailblazers 9 p.m. NBA TV

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