Additionally, Shams Charania of The Athletic relays that the Celtics will host the Bucks. Boston beat Milwaukee in seven games in the second round of the playoffs last season.
New York hosting teams over Christmas has become a regular occurrence, but with the team missing the playoffs last year, it was fair to wonder if it would happen again. Philadelphia taking on Miami would also have made sense, as the Sixers signed PJ Tucker in free agency and the teams met in the playoffs.
With those two games confirmed, the NBA’s scheduled Christmas Day schedule is now released. Other expected games are Grizzlies-Warriors, Lakers-Mavericks and Suns-Nuggets.