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Wizards to face Knicks in New York on Christmas

The team's first Christmas Day game since 2008 will take place on the road in New York.

Maddie Meyer

The Wizards' schedule will be released in just over 24 hours, but in the meantime, we know one thing: the Wizards will indeed be playing the Knicks on Christmas Day, but it'll be in New York, not D.C. From Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post:

In a sign of the the Wizards‘ rising profile, the NBA has scheduled the team to play on Christmas day against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

My guess -- and this is just a guess -- is that it'll be in the noon slot leading off the five-game slate. Heat-Cavs, i.e. LeBron James' return to Miami, is surely going to be one of the two midday ABC games, and it's also been reported that Clippers-Warriors is one of the night games. A New York team has often hosted the first game since the switch to the five-game schedule, and Brooklyn reportedly isn't playing on Christmas this year. That leaves Wizards-Knicks as the obvious noon game.

But we'll see. The Wizards last played on Christmas in the 2008-09 season, when a Mike James-led skeleton crew that was 4-22 at the time almost beat the Cavaliers in Cleveland.