The NBA will release the 2020-21 regular season schedule in the coming days, but the league already has tentative plans for Christmas Day, which include the Golden State Warriors.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says Stephen Curry and the Dubs will be on the road on Dec. 25 for a matchup against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.
ESPN Sources: Tentative Christmas Day Schedule pic.twitter.com/MId025HKvB— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 2, 2020
If everything goes according to plan, Golden State will play in the 11:30 a.m PT slot. This will be the eighth-consecutive season that the Warriors will be featured on the NBA’s Christmas Day schedule.
The Dubs have a 4-3 record in their Christmas games since 2012. Most recently, Damion Lee and Draymond Green combined for 43 points and 26 rebounds to lead Golden State to a 116-104 upset-win over James Harden and the Houston Rockets.
The NBA’s Christmas Day schedule usually features contending or big market teams. It is interesting to see the league move away from putting together rivalry based matchups this season.
There could be an additional layer of drama surrounding the Warriors-Bucks game. Antetokounmpo has until Dec. 21 to sign the supermax extension, and if he doesn’t, the NBA rumor mill will begin to buzz with questions surrounding his upcoming free agency.
The other games tentatively scheduled for Christmas offer a good mix. We will see former Warrior Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets take on the Boston Celtics, while the night-cap sees the L.A. Clippers take on the Denver Nuggets. It will be the first meeting between the two teams since the Nuggets came back from 3-1 down to eliminate the Clippers in the second round of the playoffs.
What do you think of the NBA’s Christmas Day schedule?