NBA giants Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers to play in India for the first time

Tickets for the fixtures, which will take place in Mumbai, are priced at Rs. 4,500 onwards and sales for the game will go live for registered fans on August 13.

Victor Oladipo, two-time NBA All-Star is a former Orlando Magic player and will be coming to India play the two matches under the NBA India initiative in Mumbai.   -  Getty Images

The NBA India Games 2019 will feature the Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers playing two pre-season games on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5 at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai.

The occasion will mark the first tournament that teams from a North American sports league have played in India.  

“The league has been working very closely with the Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers to bring the authentic NBA experience to fans in India this October,” said NBA India Managing Director, Diane Gotua. 

“Our first-ever NBA games in India will celebrate the continued growth of basketball in India and the passionate fans across the country who support basketball and the NBA year-round.”

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The Kings, under the leadership of the NBA’s first Indian-born majority governor and Mumbai-native Vivek Ranadivé, currently feature 2018 No. 2 overall draft pick, Marvin Bagley III, 2017 and  No. 5 overall draft pick De’Aaron Fox. The team will also feature 2016 No. 6 overall draft pick Buddy Hield (Bahamas). 

The Pacers, under the leadership of Chairman and CEO Herb Simon - the longest-tenured NBA governor - currently feature two-time NBA All-Star Victor Oladipo, 2015 No. 11 overall draft pick Myles Turner and 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year, Malcolm Brogdon.

Registration for tickets for the NBA India Game on October 5 is open from August 6 until August 11 (11.59pm IST).

Tickets are priced at Rs. 4,500 onwards and sales for the game will go live for registered fans on August 13 at 12:00 p.m and can be purchased on the BookMyShow website or app.