The NBA basketball league has today (Wednesday) confirmed the Washington Wizards will play the New York Knicks in a regular-season meeting at its NBA London Game 2019.
The game will take place on January 17 at The O2 in London, marking the ninth regular-season game in the English capital.
The Knicks have featured in the NBA London Game on two previous occasions – against the Detroit Pistons in 2013 and the Milwaukee Bucks in 2015 – but the Wizards will be making its debut at the annual London event next year.
Tickets for the game will go on sale in the autumn. All previous editions of the NBA London Game have sold out.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said “We’ve been playing regular-season match-ups in London for nearly a decade, and over that time the games and the surrounding festivities have grown into the equivalent of an NBA All-Star experience transported to Europe.
“Fans and partners from across the continent come to celebrate basketball and enjoy the excitement and experience of an NBA game.”
In addition to the Wizards-Knicks game, the NBA will run a series of initiatives based around the clash. These will include various interactive fan activities, NBA Cares community outreach efforts and Jr. NBA basketball programming.
The NBA will work with a host of marketing partners for the 2019 London Game including Foot Locker, Gatorade, Nike, SAP and Tissot. Additional partners will be announced in the coming months.