The NBA Christmas slate is one of the highlights of the year.
This season will be no different, as fans and bettors will be treated to a big holiday of basketball. It all begins at noon, with the Atlanta Hawks entertaining the New York Knicks.
Following that game, the Boston Celtics hit the road to play the Milwaukee Bucks. At 5:00 PM EST, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors pay a visit to the Phoenix Suns.
Primetime action comes with a blockbuster game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers. To end on a high, the Dallas Mavericks battle the Utah Jazz in an offensive showdown.
In order for you to prepare for this top-tier level of games, we’ve prepared this betting article. Reading this, you will have everything you need to know about NBA Christmas betting.
While the NBA betting odds are not yet determined for these games, we still can give you a preview so you can start shaping up your bets.
This way, you can maximize your bet when the lines open, or know to wait for the lines to move in your favor.
These two collided in the first round of the playoffs and it was magical. The Knicks were fired up at the fact they were back in the NBA playoffs. Madison Square Garden was electric, and they found their nemesis in Hawks’ PG Trae Young, who silenced MSG en route to ending the Knicks’ dream.
This will be a battle of the Knicks’ lockdown defense against the prolific perimeter offense of the Hawks. Watching Young going back to MSG will be a show in itself. However, seeing how the Knicks HC Tim Thibodeau tries to spoil Young’s with a defensive game plan is also something to watch.
With Kemba Walker as the Knicks PG now, we should have a showdown duel between point guards. It’s the perfect way to start Christmas basketball.
Two teams that should be in the playoff conversation also clash. The defending champions, Milwaukee Bucks, are against the team with the most NBA championships in the Boston Celtics. It’s written in the stars.
The Bucks are a powerhouse to behold and started the season strong, beating the Brooklyn Nets. They are their biggest threat, so beating them on opening night was taking a stand. That’s their way to go.
The question is, how can the Celtics stop PF Giannis Antetokounmpo? We’ll see duels in the guards’ position between Celtics Jaylen Brown and Jrue Holiday on one side. SFs Jayson Tatum (BOS) and Khris Middleton will have a battle of their own. This leaves Antetokounmpo vs. Boston’s Grant Williams, which is a massive mismatch.
Antetokounmpo will come with gifts to spare and points to score, and will definitely be the key for Milwaukee. As for the Celtics, their season is a huge question mark, but they have two stars to make every game close.
It seems like this can be Warriors’ SG Klay Thompson’s welcome to the NBA after a two-year absence. Talk about a Christmas present, having the Splash Bros. back, and facing the NBA Western Conference Champions.
We have an edition of a backcourt war, Chris Paul vs. Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson vs. Devin Booker. We are talking about two of the most explosive and top-scoring duos in the NBA. This can be the best game of the Christmas slate this year.
Golden State is on a mission to be once again a top contender in the league, while the suns want to run it back all the way to the finals. This means this game is between two teams with high expectations.
Can this be the NBA Finals preview? We have the two favorites to win it all in a primetime Christmas timeframe. This is the best game on paper, with the two best players on planet Earth battling it down.
Will the Nets and their duo of SG James Harden and their main man, SF Kevin Durant, beat SF LeBron James and PF Anthony Davis? Will PG Kyrie Irving play for Brooklyn? How will PG Russell Westbrook and SF Carmelo Anthony’s chemistry blend up with the Lakers by this point?
Considering all the madness going on with Irving right now, let’s assume the Nets are without him. Russell Westbrook will have the task of stopping his ex-teammate James Harden, which is nearly impossible to do. As for the big duel, it’s Durant vs LeBron as the two megastars want to leave Staples Center with a win.
Two of the best young NBA stars face each other as PG Luka Doncic guides his Dallas Mavericks against SG Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz. These two are certified bucket getters and have been named All-Stars already in their young careers.
Two Western Conference contenders collide. This is the perfect icing on the cake of this Christmas slate. Two good, fun-to-watch teams that will need high-profile victories to solidify their status as one to watch.
The Western Conference is full of top-level teams, so these victories are necessary to up their stocks.
Having said this, Utah might be the favored team, but Dallas is no walk in the park. Doncic itself could easily give a 30-piece triple-double, but it’s all in what PF Kristaps Porzingis can do to support Luka.
If Porzingis is in fine form, then Utah’s roster has to be hot-handed as well. SF Bogdan Bogdanovic and Joe Ingles need to be prolific from three, as well as C Rudy Gobert defending the rim as well as he has throughout his career.
Christmas games are going to be on ESPN and ABC broadcasts.
This is the full Christmas slate as we stand right now.
Game: Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks
Game: Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Game: Golden State Warriors vs. Phoenix Suns
Game: Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz
Christmas Day NBA games are usually high-profile matchups that bring the best out of the players on the court. Top-tier players will not sit out Christmas games.
This is a big week in the regular season. Plus, the matchups often pit rivals against one another, like LeBron vs. Durant this year. Putting wagers on teams that have a vengeance side to it, like the Knicks and the Hawks in this year’s schedule, is a good way to profit.
In 2021, these games will be in the middle season, more or less, unlike last year that was at the beginning of the season. This sets up a different scene to consider when betting on a veteran team like the Warriors.
It’s different when you instead are backing a younger Suns franchise that has a chip on their shoulder, for example.
The offense is usually at the order of the day during Christmas. These players want to put on a show and come out with the victory. They are laser-focused, and with a tunnel vision of winning the game.
Betting the Over on a few of the Christmas Day games is a potentially sharp move. However, consider some of these total lines might be too high since we have lots of prolific offenses facing this year. In this case, analyze each line thoroughly.
In a broad manner, try to identify matchups that favor you as a bettor. Look for those where one team might not have as much intensity or chemistry in their play due to a variety of factors, including injuries.
Also, look for those individual mismatches that you can exploit. For example, we talked about Antetokoumpo vs. the Celtics, where Boston isn’t well equipped to stop him. Look for these scenarios, as you can press the pedal to the metal on prop bets and also boost your bankroll this way.
Since this is a special day in the NBA season, sportsbooks will be offering lots of exciting bonuses, promotions, or odds boosts.
It’s like they turn into Santa ‘freaking’ Claus giving us everything we want.
So, be sure to go around many sportsbooks. Check for all the bonuses available at Christmas time and choose the best one for you.