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Oklahoma City Thunder release 17-18’ pre-season schedule

The Thunder’s 2017-18’ pre-season schedule is official

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Friday, the Oklahoma City Thunder released its 2017-18 preseason schedule.

Oklahoma City’s four-game exhibition ledger begins with an Oct 3 matchup against rival Houston from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Last season, the Thunder and Rockets battled fiercely before Houston downed Oklahoma City in first-round playoff action. Though, come early Oct, with each team sporting a new-look roster, the same intensity will remain as Westbrook and Harden remove summer rust.

On Oct 6, from Chesapeake Energy Arena, OKC welcomes conference rival New Orleans. During the 16-17 season, Billy Donovan’s men enjoyed a 4-0 sweep vs. the Pelicans.

This tilt is followed by a special Oct 8 Chesapeake meeting with NBL franchise Melbourne United. The Thunder joins Phoenix and Utah as NBA preseason hosts to Australian National Basketball League challengers Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.

Oklahoma City’s warm-up schedule concludes Oct 10 in the mile-high city vs. Denver. The Nuggets likely harbor unpleasant memories from Russell Westbrook’s record-setting —and playoff denying— April 9 masterpiece.

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 2017 PRESEASON SCHEDULE