The Toronto Raptors will play host to the 2018 NBA Canada Series that will bring two NBA preseason games to Canada this fall.
The first game of the series is on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The Raptors will take on the Portland Trail Blazers, who will be competing in the Canada Series for the first time.
On Wednesday, Oct. 10, the Canada Series will conclude with the Raptors hosting the Brooklyn Nets at the Bell Centre in Montreal. It is also the Nets' first time participating in the Canada Series.
What is the NBA Canada Series?
The NBA Canada Series began in 2012, making an effort to bring more NBA basketball to Canada. The event features an expanded schedule of interactive fan events, NBA legend appearances and NBA Cares community outreach programs in the cities it is hosted in.
"We're excited to partner with Bell to bring the live NBA experience to our passionate fans in Vancouver and Montreal this fall," NBA Canada Vice President and Managing Director Dan MacKenzie said. "Basketball has never been more popular in Canada, and, in addition to the games, we're looking forward to bringing community service events, NBA personalities and partner activations to the fans in both cities."
Since 2012, the Canada Series has brought preseason games to Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg. The Raptors are annual participants, hosting other NBA teams such as the New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets.
The Blazers and Nets are the two newest franchises to participate.
The Raptors are 6-2 all-time in the Canada Series, only losing to the Timberwolves and Nuggets. The Timberwolves are 3-1 in the Canada Series, participating in the second-most games to Toronto thanks to Canadian-star Andrew Wiggins.
The NBA Canada Series last occurred in 2016 in Vancouver and Calgary. It took a one-year hiatus in 2017 due to an earlier start in the regular season schedule.