NBA preseason schedule: Bulls vs. Thunder headlines busy Wednesday

Jonathan Daniel

A pair of nationally-televised games highlight a busy slate of games on Wednesday as the preseason intensifies with the regular season one week away.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will play host to the Chicago Bulls in Wichita, Kansas in the marquee event of a nationally-televised double-header on ESPN on Wednesday night.

The first game will feature the Boston Celtics hosting the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden, where Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will sit out.  There are 11 total games set to tip-off on the night, with the start of the regular season looming a little more than a week away on Oct. 29.

Derrick Rose continues to show he's fully healthy after sitting out the entirety of the 2012-13 season while Kevin Durant maintains his brilliance as an established NBA superstar. The game between the Bulls and Thunder figures to be an exhibition between two of the best teams and players in the NBA.

Elsewhere, the Pelicans will square off against the defending champion Miami Heat in what could be an early opportunity to assess where their young team is in terms of development.

If that weren't enough, there are several other games on tap for the evening. Here's the full schedule:

Memphis Grizzies vs. Toronto Raptors, 7:00 p.m., NBA TV Canada

Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics, 7:00 p.m., ESPN

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 7:00 p.m., CSN Philadelphia

Washington Wizards vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 7:00 p.m., Fox Sports Ohio

New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 8:00 p.m., MSG Network

Miami Heat vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 8:00 p.m., SUNSPM

Atlanta Hawks vs. Dallas Mavericks, 8:30 p.m., Fox Sports West Dallas

Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets, 9:00 p.m., Altitude TV

Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 9:30 p.m., ESPN

Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings, 10:00 p.m., CSN California, KNBR

Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m., Root Sport, Prime Ticket

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