NBA Christmas Day Matchups

NBA Christmas Day Matchups

From crazy jerseys to crazier commercials, the National Basketball Association (NBA) Christmas day games are a must-watch. Christmas day games are a great tradition for the NBA, serving as the stage for many vintage moments in NBA history. This year, the NBA has scheduled many compelling matchups, keeping this iconic tradition going.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks – Noon (ESPN)

To kick off the Christmas day games, the New York Knicks are slated to take on the Milwaukee Bucks at 12 p.m. EST. The Knicks are entering the matchup following several strong performances. These results are, for the most part, because of the efforts made by Knicks star Jalen Brunson, who leads the NBA in points this season. Meanwhile, the Bucks enter the game with a solid, winning record on the season. Led by 7-time all star Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks, with a win, would spring themselves into the forefront of the Eastern Conference standings. Though this game already has great significance, it is amplified even more by the Christmas Day spotlight.

Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets – 2:30 p.m. (ABC, ESPN)

Slated second on the Christmas day schedule, the Golden State Warriors will face off against the reigning champs, the Denver Nuggets. Although the Warriors haven’t had the ideal start to their season, they are still an immensely talented squad with the talent to go deep in the postseason. They are currently sitting at below .500 on the season, and are near the bottom in the Western conference standings. A victory against a strong Nuggets squad could serve as the turning point that the reeling Warriors have been looking for. The Nuggets are 14-7 on the year and have been super strong in their recent home outings. Though the Nuggets are the clear favorite, the star power of the Warriors make this a very compelling matchup.

Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers – 5 p.m. (ABC, ESPN)

This star-studded matchup features two of the best duos in the NBA: LeBron James and Anthony Davis look to get the Lakers back on track after recently suffering one of the worst losses in NBA history at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Celtics have the best record in the league and are seemingly in full stride entering this game. The Lakers are also coming off of an in season tournament victory, where they looked like one of the best teams in the league.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat – 8 p.m. (ESPN)

This primetime matchup features reigning league MVP Joel Embiid. On the other side of the court, Jimmy Butler looks to give the Heat a spark that could set them on another deep playoff run. Both teams have looked solid throughout the season, which makes this quite an interesting matchup heading closer to New Years.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns – 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)

This star-studded matchup features four of the most talented players in the league. Recently, Irving and Doncic have had the Mavericks on a roll, while Durant and the Suns have backslid from one of the best teams in the league to around .500. There is a lot on the line for both teams, as the Suns look for a turning point in their season, and the Mavericks look to keep steamrolling through their schedule.

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