The Bucks will host the Celtics in the second of five NBA games on Christmas Day.
It is the third meeting of the two teams this season. The first was a thriller in which the Celtics beat the Bucks in extra time, led by Dennis Schroder’s season high of 38 points. The Celtics won the second comfortably behind a season high of 42 points from Jayson Tatum.
The Bucks faced the possibility that Giannis Antetokounmpo wouldn’t play on Christmas Day as he didn’t confirm the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols until Friday, but the two-time MVP is now expected to play.
Antetokounmpo has averaged 27.0 points, 11.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.6 blocks in 26 games this season.
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is expected to return to the lineup against Boston today (2:30 p.m. ET, ABC), sources told ESPN. After 10 days in the logs, the two-time MVP had a tough workout on Friday and, barring one setback, is expected to be available.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 25, 2021
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Celtics vs. Bucks Live Updates, Highlights from the NBA Christmas Game
2:41 pm –A 3 from Romeo Langford puts the Celtics on the board first and the Milwaukee Christmas party starts.
2:15 p.m. – Donte DiVincenzo appears ready for his first NBA action since May 27th.
12:42 pm – The Celtics announced that Dennis Schroder has entered health and safety logs. He won’t play on Christmas Eve.
11:54 a.m. – According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Marcus Smart (hip contusion) will be a game decision.
11:30 a.m. – Bruno Fernando, Enes Freedom, Sam Hauser, Justin Jackson, CJ Miles, Aaron Nesmith, Josh Richardson and Grant Williams are all out for the Celtics. Only Brook Lopez is listed for the Bucks.
9:59 a.m.– Good news for the Bucks: Donte DiVincenzo will make his season debut today against the Celtics. per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
How to watch Celtics vs. Bucks on Christmas Day
- Date:Saturday December 25th
- Time:2:30 p.m. ET
- TV channel:ABC
- Live broadcast:Watch ESPN | Sling TV
NBA Christmas Day schedule
The five games are split between ESPN and ABC. All times listed below are in Eastern Standard Time.
|12.00||Falcons at curtsey||ESPN|
|2.30||Celtics at Bucks||ABC|
|5.00||Warriors in the sun||ABC|
|8:00 pm||Nets at Lakers||ESPN|
|10:30 p.m.||Outsider at jazz||ESPN|
You can stream all of the action on Sling TV.