Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics have a battle with arguably its toughest Eastern Conference opponent from the 2022 NBA playoffs in the Milwaukee Bucks on Christmas Day, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

This marks the second straight season that the two teams play each other on Dec. 25. Last year’s was in Milwaukee and this year’s being in Boston.

Boston was not a good team at the time of this game in 2021, falling to 16-17 on the season after the 117-113 loss. The Bucks on the other hand were rolling. They became 22-13 after that win and had both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton healthy.

Middleton’s injury will forever be brought up as a “what if” in the 2022 eastern conference semifinals, when the Celtics won in seven games with the Bucks wing unavailable. In games Middleton played against Boston last season, Milwaukee was 2-1.

Shams listed the Celtics-Bucks matchup first in his tweet releasing the Christmas day schedule, likely meaning the two teams will start off the slate of games around noon.