Start to season: Clippers announce preseason slate

LOS ANGELES – The Clippers announced their eight-game preseason slate on Monday, which features three contests at Staples Center and five on the road.

The Clippers will begin their preseason games on Oct. 7 in Portland, and their schedule features matchups against five Western Conference rivals: the Trail Blazers, Jazz, Kings, Suns and Nuggets.

The team’s home preseason debut will take place on Oct. 18 against the Trail Blazers, and it will conclude with a home game against the Kings on Oct. 25, just four days before kicking off the season against the Lakers.

The preseason schedule is as follows:

Oct. 7: At Portland, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 12: At Utah, 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 14: At Sacramento, 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 15: At Phoenix, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 18: Vs. Portland, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 19: Vs. Denver at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 23: Vs. Utah, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 25: Vs. Sacramento, 7:30 p.m.