In addition, Shams Charania of The Athletic relays that the Celtics will host the Bucks. Boston beat Milwaukee in seven games during the second round of the playoffs last season.
New York hosting teams on 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 playing Miami also would’ve made sense, as the Sixers signed P.J. Tucker in free agency and the teams met in the postseason.
With these two games confirmed, the NBA’s planned Christmas Day schedule is now released. The other expected games are Grizzlies-Warriors, Lakers-Mavericks and Suns-Nuggets.