Christmas Day Schedule
In the opening NBA Christmas Day matchup, the Greek Freak and the Unicorn will square off in what should be a high-scoring affair. Giannis Antetokounmpo will lead the Milwaukee Bucks against Kristaps Porzingis and the New York Knicks. The Knicks will host the contest at the historic Madison Square Garden. What better way to spend Christmas Day than taking in some of the most talented players the NBA has to offer.
These two rising stars are both listed at 7' 3". With their height and amazing talent linking the two, the nation will be able to see these two big men who are in the process of revolutionizing the game on full display. New York Knicks tickets are a must for this game on Christmas day.
Expect no warm welcome for the Philadelphia 76ers at the TD Garden on Christmas Day. The Boston Celtics and their fans will fill the stadium and remind the 76ers of their painful loss to the Celtics last year in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. These two teams are stacked with young talent, and figure to be rivals for years to come.
With Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons looking to play the role of Scrooge, these two uber-talented players are the anchors for the 76ers. With Simmons' playmaking ability and Embiid's infatuation with domination over his opponent, the Sixers will come ready to play. The only problem is the Celtics will be standing in their way. Led by Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, along with the emergence of young star Jayson Tatum, the Celtics have an NBA Championship in their sights. This should be the best game of the day, so look for your tickets now!
An NBA Finals rematch, but also the start of a new rivalry, these two West Coast teams should put on a show in Oakland on Christams Day. After another gut-wrenching loss in the NBA Finals, LeBron James left Cleveland for the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason. With a young core in place that includes Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball coupled with the addition of savvy veterans Lance Stephenson and Rajon Rondo, LeBron James is loving the potential of his new team.
The only thing better than potential is talent, and the Golden State Warriors have that in spades. With 3 of the last 4 NBA Championships in their trophy case, this team is a dynasty. Led by Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, the outlook for the Warriors this season is once again championship or bust. Their talent and mindset is unmatched, but over the years LeBron James has proven himself a worthy adversary against the best team ever assembled. Fans across the world can't wait to see how this one plays out on Christmas Day.
Much like the Houston heat, this contest will be hotly contested. Carmelo Anthony was a member of the underperforming Oklahoma City Thunder last season, and now finds himself on the Houston Rockets. Led by James Harden and Chris Paul, the Rockets feel like they are the only team in the league that can compete with the Warriors. The Rockets were a game away from the NBA Finals last season before an untimely Chris Paul injury, and will be looking to make a statement on Christmas Day.
As for the OKC Thunder, they are hoping for addition by subtraction. With Melo gone, there is one less ball-dominant player on the floor. They also secured a major win for the franchise by resigning All-Star forward Paul George. The rest of the core stayed in tact and the underrated addition of Nerlens Noel in the offseason has the Thunder feeling like contenders again. Expect a few stormy altercations as Russell Westbrook always brings the intensity as the the leader of the Thunder. Who cares if it's Christmas?
As the night cap, the NBA needed a game that fans wanted to stay up late for. They scored a win with this matchup, as the young, exciting Utah Jazz will host the potentially great Portland Trail Blazers.
Budding star Donovan Mitchell is an electric player to watch for the Utah Jazz. When they look closely, most NBA fans see a young Dwyane Wade. His offensive talent makes fans tune in every night. On the defensive end, Rudy Gobert blocks every shot within his reach. This balance has most analysts predicting the Jazz are a team on the radar of competing for an NBA title.
The Portland Trail Blazers core of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum is a productive one. Both guards score early and often, but with last season figuring to be their best run yet, they were swept out of the playoffs by the under dog New Orleans Pelicans. Portland puts a competitive team on the floor every night, and back down from no one. With both teams looking to make a statement, this will be a ticket worthy of a present to be opened on Christmas morning.