2: Bucks at Knicks, Dec. 25 on ESPN
The 2023 Christmas Day slate will kick off with the Knicks and Bucks at Madison Square Garden, the third straight year New York has played on the holiday. New York will look to avenge its Dec. 25, 2018, 109-95 loss to Milwaukee.
Whether the NBA intended to do so or not, the league took away some of the hype from the Christmas Day game by making it the second half of a two-game series. The Bucks will also face the Knicks at the Garden on Dec. 23. That doesn’t mean MSG will be any less electric for the holiday game between two top teams in the East, though.
Giannis Antetokounmpo might not be the top name on New York’s trade radar, but he’s eligible to sign an extension this offseason and has yet to do so. Milwaukee suffered an ugly first-round exit to Miami in the playoffs last season, and if the Bucks cannot capitalize on their regular season success in 2023-24, Antetokounmpo hitting the trade market next summer wouldn’t be a shock.
If that were to happen and the Knicks still hadn’t made their big move, expect New York’s front office to run to the phone.
Before we start dreaming too much about Giannis one day calling The Big Apple home, let’s focus on the Knicks not only winning on Dec. 25 but going 2-0 in the two-game series.