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Pelicans to face Mavericks in preseason opener Oct. 1 at the CenturyLink Center

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The New Orleans Pelicans will open the preseason schedule against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the CenturyLink Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

“We look forward to returning to Bossier City to play in front of Pelicans fans in North Louisiana,” said Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps. “The Shreveport-Bossier City Sports Commission did a tremendous job of hosting us two years ago and the fan support was incredible. On behalf of the Pelicans organization, we want to thank everyone involved for their hard work to make this event happen.”

The Pelicans previously hosted the Mavericks in a preseason contest at the CenturyLink Center on Oct. 23, 2014.

“We’re excited to bring an NBA preseason matchup to our lineup of amazing events at the CenturyLink Center in 2016,” stated Rebecca Bonnevier, General Manager of CenturyLink Center. “The opportunity to welcome back two of the most popular NBA teams in our region is something we couldn’t be happier about.”

“Our region’s incredible support and enthusiasm for the Pelicans and Mavericks will be on full display and easily recognizable to everyone in attendance,” added Kelly Wells, Executive Director of the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission.

Tickets will be on sale at a later date and can be purchased at the CenturyLink Box office, online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, or at any authorized Ticketmaster Outlet.

— Staff Reports, New Orleans Pelicans, nba.com/pelicans