The National Basketball Association always likes to put its top talent on the screen during the Christmas holiday, and this year is no exception.
The USA’s best NBA sportsbook sites have also gotten in on the holiday action by producing game lines for each contest occurring on December 25th.
The games are nicely spread out across Christmas Day, beginning at noon and finishing up beyond midnight on the East Coast. The early games begin in the East and slowly move westward with each contest during the day, with all contests airing on either ABC or ESPN.
Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks
- Point Spread: 76ers -1.5, Knicks +1.5
- Over/Under: 218.5
Beginning at noon, the 76ers travel to face the Knicks, where they’ll be road favorites at Madison Square Gardens by -1.5. Moneyline odds for all Christmas Day NBA games have been sparse thus far, but they should appear at basketball betting sites soon.
Philadelphia is coming into Christmas Day red hot and on a 6-game winning streak. They are ranked 5th overall in the East right now, one spot ahead of the Knicks.
Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks
- Point Spread: Lakers +8.0, Mavs -8.0
- Over/Under: 226.0
The second NBA game on Christmas Day begins at 2:30 PM when LeBron James and the LA Lakers visit the Dallas Mavericks in Texas. The Mavericks are heavy favorites and are projected to easily defeat the Lakers on national television by a margin of 8 points.
Dallas would qualify as a play-in team at the number 9 spot if the season ended today, but Los Angeles is well under .500 at the moment with a record of 13-18. Still, there’s always the potential for the Lakers to explode offensively, as they are loaded at the top with scorers.
Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics
- Point Spread: Bucks +4.0, Celtics -4.0
- Over/Under: 224.0
The next opportunity for betting on the Christmas Day NBA games occurs at 5:00 PM when the top two teams in the East face off at TD Garden.
Despite the Milwaukee Bucks being the number 1 team in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics are forecasted to hold serve at home and win by at least 4 points.
This should be the game of the day and, in our opinion, is basically a pick’em.
Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors
- Spread: Memphis -3.0, Warriors +3.0
The first Christmas NBA matchup in prime-time begins at 8:00 PM and places the number two team in the Western Conference on the road against the defending league champions.
The Memphis Grizzlies are playing well this season and are poised to qualify for the NBA Playoffs with a high seed in the West. The Warriors are struggling at the moment but still possess the firepower to be extremely dangerous and seem poised to improve to a playoff-bound team eventually.
Expect an offensive clinic from the Grizzlies’ Ja Morant and Golden State’s Stephen Curry.
Phoenix Suns at Denver Nuggets
- Point Spread: Suns +2.0, Nuggets -2.0
- Over/Under: 231.5
Beginning at 10:30 PM, the final Christmas NBA game features two of the Western Conference’s top teams – the number-one Suns and fourth-ranked Nuggets.
This could be a preview of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA Playoffs and can also earn gamblers a nice profit if wagered on correctly. Good luck!