NBA: Celtics and Nuggets to play in Abu Dhabi in October in two preseason games

AP , Wednesday 6 Mar 2024

The Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets will play in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Oct. 4 and 6 in preseason games ahead of next season, the NBA announced Wednesday.

Dean Wade #32, Caris LeVert #3 and Georges Niang #20 of the Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics during the second quarter at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on March 05, 2024 in Cleveland, Ohio. AFP


“We’re excited to bring two of the best teams in the NBA to Abu Dhabi the Celtics and the Nuggets," NBA Deputy Commissioner and COO Mark Tatum said in a statement. "There is incredible momentum around basketball in the UAE and across the Middle East, and we believe these games as well as our year-round grassroots development and fan engagement efforts will be a catalyst for the continued growth of the game in the region.”

The NBA said the two games will reach people in more than 200 countries and territories on television, digital media and social media. They are part of a multiyear collaboration between the NBA and Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism.

The Celtics have won 17 NBA titles and have the NBA's best record this season. The Nuggets, who feature two-time league MVP Nikola Jokic, won the championship last year.

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