The Milwaukee Bucks announced today the first half of the team's highly-anticipated 2020-21 season, and while there won't be any fans in the stands for at least the start of the schedule, we'll at least have good games on the court.
As previously revealed this week, Giannis and the rest of the Bucks will start their 2020-21 campaign off on the road on Wednesday, Dec. 23 against the Boston Celtics before coming back home for the holidays with a Christmas Day game against the Golden State Warriors at Fiserv Forum – the team's first home game on Christmas in more than half a century.
As for other notable games in the front half of the schedule, the Bucks will get back-to-back chances for revenge on the road against the Miami Heat to end 2020, as well as play both the Los Angeles Lakers (Jan. 21) and Clippers (Feb. 28) at Fiserv Forum. They'll also face off against almost-Buck acquisition Bogdan Bogdanovic and the Atlanta Hawks at home in January.
Here's the rest of the first half of the schedule, plus where you can find them on national television:
- Wednesday, Dec. 23 – at Boston Celtics, 6:30 p.m. (TNT)
- Friday, Dec. 25 – vs. Golden State Warriors, 1:30 p.m. (ABC)
- Sunday, Dec. 27 – at New York Knicks, 6:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, Dec. 29 – at Miami Heat, 6:30 p.m. (TNT)
- Wednesday, Dec. 30 – at Miami Heat, 6:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
- Friday, Jan. 1 – vs. Chicago Bulls, 7 p.m.
- Monday, Jan. 4 – vs. Detroit Pistons, 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, Jan. 6 – vs. Detroit Pistons, 7 p.m.
- Friday, Jan. 8 – vs. Utah Jazz, 7 p.m.
- Saturday, Jan. 9 – vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 7 p.m.
- Monday, Jan. 11 – at Orlando Magic, 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, Jan. 13 – at Detroit Pistons, 6 p.m.
- Friday, Jan. 15 – vs. Dallas Mavericks, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)
- Monday, Jan. 18 – at Brooklyn Nets, 6:30 p.m. (TNT)
- Thursday, Jan. 21 – vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 6:30 p.m. (TNT)
- Friday, Jan. 22 – vs. Washington Wizards, 7 p.m.
- Sunday, Jan. 24 – vs. Atlanta Hawks, 6:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
- Wednesday, Jan. 27 – at Toronto Raptors, 6:30 p.m.
- Friday, Jan. 29 – at New Orleans Pelicans, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)
- Saturday, Jan. 30 – at Charlotte Hornets, 6 p.m.
- Monday, Feb. 1 – vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, Feb 3 – vs. Indiana Pacers, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
- Friday, Feb. 5 – at Cleveland Cavaliers, 6:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 6 – at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7 p.m.
- Monday, Feb. 8 – at Denver Nuggets, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
- Wednesday, Feb. 10 – at Phoenix Suns, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
- Friday, Feb. 12 – at Utah Jazz, 8 p.m.
- Sunday, Feb. 14 – at Oklahoma City Thunder, 6 p.m.
- Tuesday, Feb. 16 – vs. Toronto Raptors, 7 p.m.
- Thursday, Feb. 18 – vs. Toronto Raptors, 6:30 p.m. (TNT)
- Friday, Feb. 19 – vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 7 p.m.
- Sunday, Feb. 21 – vs. Sacramento Kings, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, Feb. 23 – vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 7 p.m.
- Thursday, Feb. 25 – vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
- Sunday, Feb. 28 – vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 2:30 p.m. (ABC)
- Tuesday, March 2 – vs. Denver Nuggets, 7 p.m.
- Thursday, March 4 – at Memphis Grizzlies, 7 p.m.
But where's the rest of the schedule, you ask? The NBA is rolling with a different schedule approach this season due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, playing 72 games as opposed to the usual 82 and splitting the schedule in two, announcing the first half today while the second half – featuring the rest of the remaining games as well as any rescheduled games from the first portion – will arrive later during the season. The second half is expected to go from March 11 through May 22, followed by a play-in tournament for each conference's final two seeds and then the playoffs.
Will Jrue Holiday and the Bucks' new-look bench still be tops in the East? What will fan-less games look and feel like? Will this finally be the Bucks' year? And will Giannis please just sign the supermax and end our collective panic attack? We'll find out when the season tips off on Dec. 23.
In the meantime, stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more Bucks updates – and by the way, have you checked out the new blue City Edition merch at the Bucks fan shop? Maybe some ideas there for anybody looking for some Christmas gift ideas. (*wink, wink, Mueller family*)
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.