As part of the NBA London Game 2018 presented by Nike, the Philadelphia 76ers will take on the Boston Celtics at The O2 tonight. The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport and BT Sport’s Facebook page using NBA Mobile View, by the NBA’s broadcast partners across EMEA and on NBA LEAGUE PASS International.
The game will mark the league’s eighth regular-season game in London and the Celtics’ second game in the 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.
To get you in the mood, we've got a selection of facts and numbers ahead of tonight's game!
1 – The 76ers count two Number 1 Draft picks on their current roster; Ben Simmons (2016) and Markelle Fultz (2017).
3 – The Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, and the Toronto Raptors are tied for the most games played in London with three games apiece.
5 – The 76ers have already played five games in Europe: two in Spain (2006 and 2013), two in Cologne (2006) and one in Manchester (2013) – their record is 3-2.
8 – The matchup will be the NBA’s eighth regular-season game in London.
9 - This will mark the Celtics’ ninth game in Europe, having played three times in Madrid (two games in 1988 and one in 2015), three times in Italy (2007, 2012 2015), once in London (2007) and once in Istanbul (2012).
10 – 10 seasons since the Celtics played in the first NBA game at The O2 in London; they subsequently went on to win the 2007-08 season NBA Championship.
11 – There will be 11 international players in the NBA London Game 2018: Philadelphia (5): Joel Embiid (Cameroon), Furkan Korkmaz (Turkey), Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (France), Dario Saric (Croatia), Ben Simmons (Australia). Boston (6): Aron Baynes (Australia), Al Horford (Dominican Republic), Kyrie Irving (Australia), Abdel Nader (Egypt), Daniel Theis (Germany), Guerschon Yabusele (France).
16 – The total number of teams that will have played in London following NBA London Game 2018, representing over half of the NBA’s 30 teams.
17 – The Celtics have won a league-best 17 NBA Championships including a record eight consecutive titles between 1959 and 1966.
25 – 25 years since the first NBA Game in London which saw the Atlanta Hawks take on the Orlando Magic in October 1993.
64 – The record number of European players on opening-night rosters for the 2017-18 season.
91 – Following the NBA London Game 2018, the NBA will have played 91 games in Europe.
213 – Standing 213 centimetres in height, 76ers center Joel Embiid is the tallest player at the NBA London Game 2018.
273 – Combined points by the then-New Jersey Nets (137) and Toronto Raptors (136) during the second of two back-to-back games, marking the first-ever regular-season games in Europe at The O2 arena in London, England, on March 4 and 5 as part of NBA Games – London 2011.
267 – The NBA London Game 2018 court that will feature the NBA London Game 2018 presented by Nike logo will be made up of 267 pieces of wood squares.
1983 – The year the 76ers won their third NBA Championship (1955, 1967, 1983).
18,689 – Capacity at The O2 – this year’s game once again sold out in less than one hour.
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