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Celtics to open season Dec. 23 against Milwaukee

Jaylen Brown and the Celtics will open the season against two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks on Dec. 23.Jim Davis

The NBA announced its national television schedule for the first three game days of the 2020-21 season, beginning with a doubleheader on TNT on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

The Golden State Warriors will take on the Brooklyn Nets at 7 p.m. as Kevin Durant faces his former team for the first time since signing with Brooklyn as a free agent in 2019. That will be followed by the Los Angeles Lakers facing the Los Angeles Clippers at 10 p.m.

The Celtics will host the Milwaukee Bucks at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, in the season opener for both teams. The game will air on TNT. The Dallas Mavericks head to Phoenix in the nightcap to play the Suns at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN.


The league also announced its five-game lineup for Christmas, with the Celtics hosting Kyrie Irving and the Nets in the third game at 5 p.m. The complete game and national broadcast schedules for the first half of the regular season are due to be announced on Friday, Dec. 4.

Here is the Christmas lineup:

Noon: Pelicans at Heat (ESPN)

2:30 p.m.: Warriors at Bucks (ABC)

5 p.m.: Nets at Celtics (ABC)

8 p.m.: Mavericks at Lakers (ABC/ESPN)

10:30 p.m.: Clippers at Nuggets (ESPN)

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