The NBA unveiled its upcoming season schedule, and here are the highlights for the Knickerbockers.

The New York Knicks are (almost) back!

The NBA 2018–19 schedule was officially released Friday afternoon and while it’s still August, we can speculate on what the most exciting matchups for the Knicks will be. Although there are only five nationally televised games this season, there are still plenty of games broken down below that will catch your interest early on.

Opening Night: Home vs. Atlanta, October 17th

Just like Summer League, the Knicks will open the 2018–19 campaign against the Atlanta Hawks with another Frank vs. Trae Young battle to get the season going. Atlanta will have a brand new backcourt in Young and Kevin Huerter to add their young core alongside sophomore center John Collins. What fans will be looking forward to the most is the long awaited debuts of Kevin Knox and potentially Mitchell Robinson after the shows both soon-to-be-rookies put on in Vegas. The Garden will be rocking since this will be the Knicks’ first Opening Night at home in a few years.

Christmas Day: Home vs. Milwaukee, December 25th

It’s New York. Of course we’re playing on Christmas. You mad? As this is one of the few Knicks games on national TV, it would be nice to see the Fiz Kids show the rest of the world that the future is bright in NY. Giannis Antetokounmpo is slowly but surely becoming Knick Killer no. 1—and has made his best highlights at the Garden. He’ll be looking to do the same on his first Christmas day game. With KP realistically still out from injury, this one might be ugly. Let’s just hope Giannis doesn’t jump over anybody again.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: vs. Oklahoma City, January 21st

Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and company will be in town for the matinee showcase at the Garden, which is an honor for the selected teams to play in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This will be the third of four home stands in a row out of five games (two home, one away, two more home). With Paul George re-signing and the addition of Dennis Schröder, OKC will look to get back at the top of Western Conference contention where they’ve been used to being in recent memory. Frank Ntilikina will have his hands full against Westbrook along with Kevin Knox matching up with Paul George, a player that Knox has been getting compared to frequently.

Toughest Stretch of the Season: December 25–January 8 (vs. Milwaukee, at Milwaukee, at Utah, at Denver, at Lakers, at Portland, at Golden State)

After a home and home with Milwaukee, the Knicks make their West Coast road trip against all projected playoff teams, including the back-to-back champs Golden State. It’ll be tough to win any games on the trip, and this stretch should paint a picture for who the Knicks are for the rest of the season. They’ll finally make it back home for the next two games against Indiana and Philadelphia, which will be two more tough games.

Here’s some more national televised games and notable match-ups to look forward to if you are looking to buy tickets:

  • Oct. 20: vs. Boston: Eastern Conference favorite (and future Knick Kyrie Irving in town?)
  • Oct. 26: vs. Golden State: The champs are here. Did you hear they got Boogie?
  • Oct. 31: vs. Indiana: (ESPN) — KOQ BACK!
  • Nov. 20: vs. Portland
  • Nov. 23: vs. New Orleans
  • Dec. 6: @ Boston (TNT)
  • Jan. 11: vs. Indiana (ESPN)
  • Jan. 13: vs. Philadelphia: Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid come to town
  • Jan. 23: vs. Houston: #StayMe7o
  • Jan. 30: vs. Dallas: Dirk’s last game at the Garden?
  • Feb. 1: vs. Boston (ESPN)
  • Feb. 9: vs. Toronto: Kawhi’s MSG debut as a Raptor
  • Feb. 22: vs. Minnesota: Will KP back for a match-up against KAT? More importantly, FRIDAY NIGHT KNICKS!
  • Mar. 17: vs. Los Angeles Lakers: LeBron makes his Laker debut in MSG
  • Apr. 10: vs. Detroit: Last game of the season

Until then, hang in there. Just a few more months until we tip-off!