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Milwaukee Bucks Open Season vs. Brooklyn Nets; Face Boston Celtics on Christmas

The NBA unveiled its marquee 2021 National TV matchups

NBA: Playoffs-Milwaukee Bucks at Brooklyn Nets Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

One of the perks of being the reigning NBA champs is that the Milwaukee Bucks will get plenty of marquee matchups on National TV networks. That’s great news for everyone who longed for Milwaukee to get more exposure, and worse news for those of us (like me) who rely on League Pass for our Bucks fix. As always, thank you to my father-in-law for sharing his YouTube TV password. Oh ya, and the NBA also announced when Coach Bud and company will be playing in the NBA’s key tv dates.

They’ll be part of the season-opening slate, giving us a potential early ECF preview against the Brooklyn Nets.

Hopefully all of Brooklyn’s big three are healthy so we can see an even matchup, but the must-see television will be watching James Harden glaring at Giannis Antetokounmpo as he accepts his NBA Finals ring. What a treat.

Speaking of sweets, the NBA dropped a coal in our stocking for Xmas. Or, at least one of those bags of gum that look like coal? Remember those? Those always sucked. I imagine Christmas Day won’t be great in Beantown either, as they’ll get to matchup with Milwaukee.

I gotta be honest...even if I think the Bucks will win, a Celtics matchup doesn’t do much for me. I would’ve found a Sixers opponent far more enticing, but at least I’ll get to enjoy more family time without stressing. I’m glad it’s not the Nets though — there’s gonna be way too much wind in the narrative sails from these games and I’d rather not have to listen to pundits read too much into these contests.

Either way, we’ve come a long way from Milwaukee’s 41 years between Christmas day games. Don the fresh Mamukelashvili jersey you got for Xmas and enjoy the festivities.