Heat Check

Miami’s Oct. 26 visit highlights Pistons preseason schedule

The Palace
The Palace of Auburn Hills will be rocking when the Miami Heat visit on October 26.
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Pistons fans will get two chances to see the Miami Heat at The Palace, after all. Though Miami is scheduled for just one regular-season visit, the reigning Eastern Conference champions are coming to The Palace for an Oct. 26 preseason game.

Given where that falls on the preseason schedule – it’s the seventh of eight preseason games for the Pistons and comes one week before Miami’s Nov. 2 regular-season opener – there’s a pretty good chance Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will give his three All-Star starters plenty of minutes that night.

The Pistons will play three preseason games at The Palace in addition to what has become a traditional game in Grand Rapids. This year’s Meijer Basketball Classic at Van Andel Arena, against the Toronto Raptors, is scheduled for Oct. 12.

The preseason opener will be held Oct. 9 at The Palace against Minnesota. The other preseason home dates, in addition to the Miami game, is Oct. 23 against Charlotte, which features two top-10 draft picks.

On the road, the Pistons will play at Atlanta, at Toronto, vs. Milwaukee at Green Bay, and at Orlando to conclude the preseason.

The Pistons open the regular season at The Palace against Indiana on Nov. 2.

The complete preseason schedule:

Date Opponent Location Time
October 9 vs. Minnesota The Palace of Auburn Hills 6:00 p.m.
October 10 at Atlanta Philips Arena 7:30 p.m.
October 12 vs. Toronto Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI 7:00 p.m.
October 14 Toronto Toronto Air Canada Centre 7:00 p.m.
October 21 at Milwaukee Resch Center, Green Bay, WI 7:30 p.m.
October 23 vs. Charlotte The Palace of Auburn Hills 6:00 p.m.
October 26 vs. Miami The Palace of Auburn Hills 7:30 p.m.
October 27 at Orlando Amway Center 7:00 p.m.