NBL teams to take on NBA outfits for third straight year

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For the third consecutive year, several NBL teams will travel to the U.S. to take on NBA outfits during the American league's preseason in October.

The Adelaide 36ers, Melbourne United and New Zealand Breakers will play a total of five games against the L.A. Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz, from October 5-16 as part of the NBA preseason.

The series will kick off with the 36ers against the Jazz -- which currently boasts two Australians on their roster in Dante Exum and Joe Ingles -- on October 5 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Three days later, the Breakers will play the Grizzlies at FedExForum, followed by a matchup against the Thunder on October 10. The Thunder are led by big Kiwi Steven Adams.

The schedule culminates with two games featuring Melbourne United - against the Clippers on October 13 at the STAPLES Center, followed by the Kings on October 16 at Golden 1 Center.

NBL CEO Jeremy Loeliger said the series was a sign of the NBL's growth on the global stage.

"That this series is now heading into a third consecutive year is a reflection of the strength of partnership between the NBL and the NBA and the incredible growth and success of basketball in Australia and New Zealand," he said. "The NBL is now one of the premier basketball leagues in the world outside the NBA and we can't wait for October."

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