Carmelo Anthony made a reasonable prediction, but he went 0-for-2.
Anthony predicted the Knicks would face the Bulls – with all the Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and even Dwyane Wade storylines – on either Christmas or opening night. But New York is reportedly scheduled to play the Celtics on Christmas.
As for opening night?
Ian Begley of ESPN:
It’s unclear whether this would also be the Cavaliers’ first game.
The Cavs opened with the Knicks two years ago, LeBron James‘ first game back in Cleveland as a Cavalier. New York won that one, but it wasn’t a sign of things to come. The Cavs finished 53-29 and reached the NBA Finals. The Knicks ended up 17-65.
So, this would be a high-profile game with New York’s market and all the big names on both teams. Just don’t read too much into the single early result.