As the NBA announced Wednesday afternoon, the Milwaukee Bucks will open their 2020-21 campaign on the road against the Boston Celtics on December 23 on TNT.
It’s official: the Milwaukee Bucks’ 2020-21 season will officially open three weeks from today.
The NBA rolled out their opening week Wednesday afternoon and the Bucks will kick off their 2020-21 campaign by shipping up to Boston to take on the Celtics in a 6:30 p.m. central time tilt that will be nationally broadcast on TNT.
This news comes on the heels of the Bucks hosting their first Christmas Day game in 52 years when they take on the Golden State Warriors at Fiserv Forum that will start their home account for this season.
As the New York Times’ Marc Stein tweeted, the league is planning to release the entire first half of the 2020-21 schedule on Friday. The NBA previously announced that the second half of the schedule will be released near the end of first half of the schedule and will account for any potential games that are postponed due to COVID-19 purposes.
For the moment, though, we know when Bucks basketball will officially be back after they hold their three preseason games coming later in the month.
With the Milwaukee Bucks set to take on the Boston Celtics to open the 2020-21 season, there will be a new look to the rivalry between the two teams.
The fact that the Bucks will take on the Celtics to open this season will bring some juice to opening night.
Whether it’s meeting against each other in two of the last three seasons or playing heated regular season battles, both Boston and Milwaukee have gotten familiar with one another over the last few seasons, especially as they have each contended for a championship.
With that said, there will be an extra twist for both squads due to their offseason activity. The Bucks obviously made the blockbuster move to bring in Jrue Holiday that they are springs them to reach next season’s NBA Finals.
Meanwhile, the Celtics secured the long-term services of Jayson Tatum, who signed a five-year, $195 million max extension. But the Celtics lost Gordon Hayward through a sign-and-trade deal with the Charlotte Hornets and will be without their star point guard Kemba Walker as he continues to recover from a stem cell injection in his knee that will delay his availability to start the season.
So with the Celtics being without one of their star pieces for opening night and beyond, it takes some of the excitement what will still be a marquee matchup.
But the overarching theme is that the return of Bucks basketball is nearly here and they will get their season started against one of their biggest foes in recent memory.