Sixers to face Celtics in NBA London Game 2018

Sixers to face Celtics in NBA London Game 2018

The first regular-season games to ever take place in London came three years later, as the then-New Jersey Nets and Toronto Raptors played at O2 Arena on consecutive nights. "We're happy to be returning to London to play our rivals the 76ers in front of London's fans, and look forward to the exciting atmosphere at The O2".

"Participating in NBA London Game 2018 is a great opportunity for our players to compete in front of an global audience at the historic O2 Arena".

This will be the league's eighth regular-season contest in London.

The question is: why play a game somewhere other than Philly against a team that will be a contender this coming season.

The Celtics have always been a staple of the National Basketball Association, and now is a great time to use them to bring in more fans from the outside. "Fans across the world have grown to love the game as basketball cheering for Wilt, "Doctor J", "Sir Charles" and, certainly, Allen Iverson". It will be the second time the Celtics have traveled to England's capital, as they also played a preseason game there against the Minnesota Timberwolves back in 2007.

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With their combined talent, young exciting players and recent history with the Markelle Fultz-Jayson Tatum trade, this is a great matchup to bring to worldwide fans.

"The Boston Celtics have enjoyed a loyal global following for decades, and we welcome the opportunity to connect again with our worldwide fans", Celtics Team President Rich Gotham said in a team release.

But fans who have already purchased season tickets and are wondering what this means for them, don't fret; the Sixers have a plan.

The Sixers will be designated as the home team in the game, which will be broadcast locally on Comcast SportsNet and 97.5 The Fanatic.

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