The full 2018-2019 schedules for all 30 NBA teams were released this past Friday. Here are five games to circle on the calendar for the upcoming Knicks season.
NBA news on August 10th was featured by the announcement of the complete schedule for the 2018-2019 season.
Prior to Friday, the league had already announced its opening night and holiday games, which include a Christmas Day showdown between the New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks in Madison Square Garden.
There are a portion of NBA fans upset about putting a rebuilding Knicks team on the opening game of the Christmas Day slate, but watching one of the Eastern Conference’s premier players in Giannis Antetokounmpo play on one of the premier stages in basketball is a storyline in itself.
Giannis could use the game to argue his case as the heir to LeBron’s throne as the best player in the Eastern Conference.
New York will look to win its first Christmas Day matchup since 2011. It has lost five straight Christmas Day games.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Knicks will face off with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Garden.
Additionally, Ian Begley of ESPN New York reported that the Knicks are scheduled to have five nationally televised games in the upcoming season.
These five games include two clashes with both the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics, as well as the Christmas Day game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Although New York is not in a position to contend in the Eastern Conference this year, there are still plenty of compelling storylines and matchups to keep an eye out for this coming year.
With Kristaps Porzingis set to return from injury and Kevin Knox and Frank Ntilikina entering key years in their development, this season remains a crucial one for the future of the franchise.
Here are the five games to most look forward to in the 2018-2019 season.