The NBA’s big Christmas Day schedule will get underway with the Milwaukee Bucks facing off against the New York Knicks from Madison Square Garden. This is the first time the Bucks have played on Christmas since all the way back in 1977.
While the Bucks are the far superior team, and have little trouble winning this game, there is a bit of history between these two sides. For one, Giannis Antetokounmpo has had a number of star moments at MSG, hitting a game-winning shot there in 2017, and jumping over Tim Hardaway Jr. for a dunk last season.
Then, earlier this season, Mario Hezonja stepped over Giannis after dunking on him, and the Greek Freak by saying he would “punch him” next time. If there was ever a time for Giannis to get some revenge, it would be on national TV on Christmas.
How to watch Bucks at Knicks
- Date: Tuesday, Dec. 25
- Time: 12 p.m. ET
- Location: Madison Square Garden — New York, New York
- TV: ESPN
- LIVE stats: GameTracker
- Odds: Bucks -10
Bucks: This has been one of the best starts to a season in Bucks history. With a revitalized offensive attack, and tremendous play from their do-it-all superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks are 22-10, just 1.5 games out of first place in the East. But because they play in Milwaukee, the casual NBA fans might not know a whole lot about this team. This Christmas Day showcase will be a good chance for the Bucks to prove they’re one of the league’s elite teams this season.
Knicks: New York out the season 1-5, and things haven’t gotten much better. They’ve won just twice in December, and are 2-11 in their last 13 games. Though, coincidentally, one of those wins was over the Bucks at home, so perhaps they have a better chance than people think in this game. On a more serious note, one bright spot for the Knicks has been the strong play of Emmanuel Mudiay, who has three 30-point outings in his last five games. It will be very interesting to see if this is more than just a flash in the pan.
Game prediction, pick:
The Bucks are quite clearly the better team here, and the only question is whether or not they’ll cover the 10-point spread. And on that note, it seems likely they will. Not only will Giannis be out for revenge on Hezonja and the Knicks, but the Bucks are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Heat.