76ers to play Celtics in London next January

The Celtics will meet the 76ers at The O2 Arena in London in January for a regular NBA game while the Nets to play the Thunder, Heat in Mexico City in December.
76ers to play Celtics in London next January

Boston Celtics player Isaiah Thomas stands with a fan for a selfie following an NFL joint practice between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on August 7, 2017.

The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers will travel to London in January for a game at The O2 arena.

The Sixers are the home team for the January 11 game. Tickets for the NBA London Game 2018 go on sale in October.

The game will mark the National Basketball Association's eighth regular-season game in London and the Celtics' second game in the British capital, having played a preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2007.

The 76ers will be playing their second game in the UK and first game in London, having previously played a preseason game in Manchester against the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2013.

Because the Sixers are the home team, season-ticket holders with automatic payment plans will not be charged for one game. Season-ticket holders who have paid in full can request a full refund or roll over the charges for future game purchases.

The Sixers went 28-54 last season and the Celtics had the best record in the Eastern Conference at 53-29.

Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets will travel to Mexico City in December for two regular-season games as part of the 25th anniversary of the first NBA game in Mexico.

The league announced on Wednesday that the Nets and Thunder will play in Mexico City on December 7. The Nets will play the Miami Heat on December 9. Both games will be in Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

It's all part of the NBA's emphasis on expanding the popularity of basketball in Mexico. Last season, the Phoenix Suns played the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City. The league has played 26 times in Mexico dating back to 1992, the most games held in any country outside of the United States and Canada.

The games will be televised on ESPN.

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