Milwaukee Bucks to play four preseason games in early October

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 27: (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 27: (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

The Milwaukee Bucks will return to regular season action in mid-October, but before that they will play four preseason games as preparation.

With the release of the complete NBA schedule on Monday evening, Milwaukee Bucks fans now know exactly when their team will be back in action playing meaningful games, and looking to improve on last year’s stellar season.

Before that, though, the Bucks will get some preparation in by testing themselves against NBA rivals in preseason.

While in years past the preseason schedule could include as many as six to eight games, with the season proper now having been moved forward to reduce back-to-backs and build in more rest, this year will see the introduction of a considerably shorter preseason too.

According to a tweet from Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Bucks will play just four preseason games this year, taking in two home matchups and two games on the road.

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The Bucks will be back on the court for their first preseason clash when they visit the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on Monday, October 2.

Next, the Bucks will return home to host Central Division rivals, the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, October 4.

From there, the Bucks will make the short journey across I-94 to play the Chicago Bulls in the Windy City on Friday, October 6.

Finally, after a week off, the Bucks will come back to the Bradley Center to put together their final preparations for their season opener with the Boston Celtics, as the Detroit Pistons will be the opponents for the preseason closer on Friday, October 13.

The preseason will be an important time for rookies Sterling Brown and D.J. Wilson to get their feet wet and begin to feel comfortable ahead of the official tip-off, and the Bucks will also hope to see young players like Rashad Vaughn, Thon Maker, and Malcolm Brogdon show that they are ready to take on even more significant roles this season.

With Giannis Antetokounmpo having competed for Greece at EuroBasket by this point, it remains to be seen just how heavily the Bucks will involve the Greek Freak in preseason action, and of course, as opposed to last year the hope for Milwaukee will be to make it into preseason without sustaining any major injuries.

Next: Milwaukee Bucks: Schedule released for 2017-18 season

With less than seven weeks remaining to that game against the Dallas Mavericks, Bucks basketball will be back upon us all before we know it.