Last Updated on December 2, 2020
Christmas Day games are an NBA tradition and despite the late finish to the 2019-20 season, the league is forging ahead with the 2020-21 season in December. That means that as fans are opening presents and drinking egg nog, they will also be able to watch some of the best teams in the NBA square off. There are plenty of NBA Finals contenders on the schedule. ESPN announced the tentative Christmas Day schedule on Tuesday night:
ESPN Sources: Tentative Christmas Day Schedule pic.twitter.com/MId025HKvB
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 2, 2020
NBA Christmas Day 2020 Schedule
The five Christmas Day games have no shortage of storylines. Some of the biggest names in the game like LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Zion Williamson, Nikola Jokic, and Kawhi Leonard will be center stage. Here is the skinny on all five games. Odds are courtesy of PointsBet Sportsbook.
New Orleans Pelicans (+4) @ Miami Heat — 12:00 p.m. ET
There was no chance the NBA was going to let Christmas pass without featuring Zion Williamson and the Pelicans prominently. Putting the up-and-coming team against the defending Eastern Conference champions should make for a compelling game. It’s also worth noting that new Pelicans head coach Stan Van Gundy used to coach the Miami Heat once upon a time.
Golden State Warriors (+7.5) @ Milwaukee Bucks — 2:30 p.m. ET
Stephen Curry vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo. There are four MVPs between those two and this is the perfect mid-day matchup for Christmas. Antetokounmpo has yet to sign an extension with Milwaukee and if he still hasn’t by this game, we can be sure that the speculation of Giannis to the Warriors in the offseason will be at an all-time high.
Brooklyn Nets (+2) @ Boston Celtics — 5:00 p.m. ET
Finally, these Boston Celtics will face the fully-formed Brooklyn Nets with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Irving famously left Boston to link up with Durant in Brooklyn and Boston fans will never forgive him for that. Although this game would have a lot more juice with a packed-out Boston Garden raining boos down on Irving, this will still be a battle between two Eastern Conference contenders.
Dallas Mavericks (+6) @ Los Angeles Lakers — 8:00 p.m. ET
LeBron James showed us in the playoffs that he is still the King. Hopefully, he plays in this game despite the fact that the Lakers are going to be super careful with his minutes after the long playoff grind. Luka Doncic is already a top-five player in the league and he’s looking to make another leap this season. Luka vs. LeBron is the ultimate primetime matchup.
Los Angeles Clippers (-1.5) @ Denver Nuggets — 10:30 p.m. ET
The Los Angeles Clippers will have a chance to exact revenge against the Denver Nuggets. The Clippers blew a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Semifinals, woefully underperforming their championship expectations. Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray will try to prove that their playoff series win was no fluke. Kawhi Leonard is going to try and right the ship for the Clippers.