With other major sports taking Christmas Day off, the NBA has taken over the holiday with fiver super-sized NBA tilts, well 4 and half since Zion is still sidelined for the Pelicans.
NBA + Christmas = Fun
Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors
The Celtics have won three straight and and seven of their last nine while ranking 15th in scoring (111.2 ppg) and a stellar second in points allowed (103.2 ppg). The defending champion Raptors had won five straight heading into their Monday night road date at Indiana. Toronto ranks 11tH in scoring (112.0 ppg) and seventh in points allowed (105.9 ppg). Toronto has gone a stellar 13-3 at home while Boston is a modest 8-5 on the road. The Raptors win by a half-dozen points on Christmas Day. The Celtics are a dismal 0-8 ATS in the last 8 road dates against Toronto.
Milwaukee Bucks at Philadelphia 76ers
Milwaukee has won three straight and nine of ten while ranking a stupendous first in scoring (120.6 ppg) and equally impressive ninth in points allowed (107.1 ppg). Philly managed to snap a three-game skid by beating Indiana on Saturday. While the Sixers have been rock-solid at home this season (15-2), the Bucks are the deeper team by far and that will be the difference in this Christmas Day matchup. The Bucks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The 76ers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors
Houston has won three straight and five of six. While Golden State managed to snap a five-game skid by getting past New Orleans, the Rockets could win this one by double digits with their backups starting. The injury-riddled Dubs hare ranked a dismal 26th in scoring (104.6 ppg) while also ranking a discouraging 22nd in points allowed (113.6 ppg). James Harden and company are ranked a stellar second in scoring (120.4 ppg) and their 4-1 ATS mark in their last five means they should cover what will almost certainly be a double-digit spread.
L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers
The Clippers have alternated wins and losses over their last six, including a 118-112 road loss at Oklahoma City on Friday. The Lakers have dropped three straight including a 128-104 blowout win against Denver on Friday. LeBron James and company will be looking for payback for their 112-102 loss against the Clips on October 22, but they won’t get it against Kawhi Leonard and a Clippers team that will be well-rested coming into this affair and looking to deliver another message. The Clippers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games as a favorite while the Lakers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Golden State has gone 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
New Orleans Pelicans at Denver Nuggets
The Pelicans are a complete mess and it doesn’t look like Zion Williamson is going to come riding to the rescue any time soon, if at all this season. Denver has won six straight heading into their Monday night road date at Phoenix and this Christmas day pairing looks like a huge mismatch the Nuggets should have well in hand by halftime! The Pels are 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight road games. The Nuggets are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400.
NBA Christmas Day Team Records
|Team||SU Record||ATS Record||O/U Record|
|76ers||1-2 (33.3%)||1-2 (33.3%)||1-2 (33.3%)|
|Celtics||4-5 (44.4%)||5-4 (55.6%)||5-4 (55.6%)|
|Lakers||8-13 (38.1%)||12-9 (57.1%)||6-13-2 (31.6%)|
|Warriors||4-4 (50.0%)||2-6 (25.0%)||2-6 (25.0%)|
|Raptors||0-1 (0.0%)||0-1 (0.0%)||1-0 (100.0%)|
|Nuggets||1-3 (25.0%)||1-3 (25.0%)||3-1 (75.0%)|
|Pelicans||0-2 (0.0%)||0-2 (0.0%)||0-2 (0.0%)|
|Rockets||5-4 (55.6%)||7-2 (77.8%)||2-4-3 (33.3%)|
|Bucks||1-0 (100.0%)||1-0 (100.0%)||0-1 (0.0%)|
|Clippers||4-3 (57.1%)||4-3 (57.1%)||3-4 (42.9%)|
LeBron James is 9-4 SU and 8-5 ATS while averaging 26 points, 6.7 assists and 7.6 rebounds per game on Christmas Day. Russell Westbrook is 6-3 SU and 7-2 ATS while averaging 23.4 points, 8.6 assists and 7.4 rebounds on Christmas Day. James Harden is 6-1 SU and ATS while putting up 26.3 points, 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds on Christmas Day.
NBA Christmas Day Player Stats
|LeBron James||26 PTS, 6.7 AST, 7.6 REB in 13 Christmas Day games.|
|Jayson Tatum||21.5 PTS, 0.5 AST, 6.5 REB in 2 Christmas Day games.|
|Anthony Davis||29 PTS, 4 AST, 15 rebounds in 1 Christmas Day game.|
|Jrue Holiday||9 PTS, 2 AST, 3 rebounds in 1 Christmas Day game.|
|Draymond Green||10.7 PTS, 5.2 AST, 7.7 REB in 6 Christmas Day games.|
|Ben Simmons||9.5 PTS, 5.5 AST, 11 REB in 2 Christmas Day games.|
|Joel Embiid||29.5 PTS, 2.5 AST,16 REB in 2 Christmas Day games.|
|Al Horford||10.3 PTS, 5.3 AST, 7.7 REB in 3 Christmas Day games.|
|Russell Westbrook||23.4 PTS, 8.6 AST, 7.4 REB in 9 Christmas Day games.|
|James Harden||26.3 PTS, 6.7 AST, 5.4 REB in 7 Christmas Day games.|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo||30 PTS, 3 AST,14 rebounds in 1 Christmas Day game.|
|Paul George||26.0 PTS, 3 AST, 9.5 REB in 2 Christmas Day games.|
|Nikola Jokic||N/A Hasn’t played on Christmas Day|