After doing battle in an Eastern Conference semifinals that was closer than the 4-1 Boston series victory would indicate, the Celtics and Sixers enter the 2018-19 season projected to win the most and second-most games in the East (with Toronto tied with Philadelphia per the oddsmakers). Now, according to Marc Stein, it appears the NBA is going all-out to promote this Atlantic Division rivalry ramping up, pitting the combatants against each other on one of the league’s biggest stages:
A vintage dose of Celtics/Sixers, Giannis and the Bucks at MSG against the Knicks and (you guessed it) LeBron's Lakers in Oakland to face the Warriors are the highlights of the NBA's Christmas Day schedule that will be announced Wednesday afternoon, league sources tell @NYTSports— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 8, 2018
Sixers. Celtics. Christmas Day. Text your loved ones and let them know you’re going to be glued to your screen of choice for two and a half hours while everyone else is engaging in yuletide merriment. At least now I know what to ask Santa for Christmas this year: a repeat of Joel Embiid dunking Aron Baynes back to Oceania.