Filipinos look forward to Christmas for several reasons. We get to enjoy time with our loved ones. Kids love to open the presents they receive from their ninongs and ninangs. And finally, NBA fans love the marquee NBA Christmas games being played on TV.
The NBA always makes it a point to place the most intriguing matchups on Christmas Day. These games usually showcase interesting storylines plucked from the previous season. Moreover, these results can impact the playoff picture significantly once the new year comes in.
This year’s Christmas matches feature big names and strong teams, which ensures high-quality basketball. You’ll be sure to enjoy these games, regardless if you will be watching from your League Pass or catching the game on TV. OKBET fans will also find plenty of winning opportunities in this match.
Philadelphia 76ers @ New York Knicks
The Eastern Conference may look like a two-horse race at the moment. However, nobody can deny that it’s become a competitive conference where great teams can win over anyone.
The Sixers and Knicks have quality players whose star power can match the magnitude of basketball’s Mecca. Joel Embiid will be especially welcome after his most recent performances. The Cameroonian big is averaging 33 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and 1.5 blocks this season. His All-NBA play after returning from injury got him back into the MVP conversation.
James Harden and Tyrese Maxey are also playing great basketball. While the Beard’s 22 points a game is a far cry from his output during his MVP years, his playmaking (11 APG) is doing wonders for the Sixers’ ball movement. Maxey continues to be an all-around athletic player for the team as well.
They’ll be facing a Knicks team that’s playing good basketball now. Thanks to the production from their Big Three of Julius Randle, R.J. Barrett, and Jalen Brunson, the Knicks sit in the upper half of the East.
This promises to be one of the more unpredictable NBA Christmas games to bet on. However, bettors interested in this game will do well to count on a Philly win. The Knicks only have three players consistently scoring in double digits, and Philly’s defense can quickly snuff their chances of winning the game.
The handicap market only gave the Knicks a +4 boost, so placing your money on the Sixers is the more sensible option.
Los Angeles Lakers @ Dallas Mavericks
This might be one of the more insignificant matches among the NBA Christmas games billed. However, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks have generational superstars running the show.
Unfortunately, they also have depth issues that prevent them from winning more basketball games.
The Lakers are currently out of the playoff picture despite Anthony Davis’ monster play recently. LeBron James is also playing his heart out for the Purple and White. However, their offense is too inconsistent to get them more wins during the earlier parts of the season.
Meanwhile, the Mavericks are living and dying by Luka Doncic. Luka Magic is having an MVP-caliber season (33 PPG, 8 RPG, 9 APG), but the rest of the roster is struggling defensively. Their inability to stop their opponents from scoring costs them games they could have won more comfortably.
The American Airlines Center will witness great basketball from both teams. The game will be decided chiefly by Davis’ health and whether the Mavs decide to start defending better.
The 1X2 odds point to a Mavericks win, but the gap in the final score should be closer than four points. Going for the Lakers in the handicap market might be the way to go.
Milwaukee Bucks @ Boston Celtics
This Yuletide game is a rematch of their duel in the 2022 Eastern Conference semi-finals. Both teams are playing great basketball, but the Boston Celtics may have a slight edge.
The C’s are playing some of the best offensive basketball the league has ever seen. They look like they’ll repeat what they’ve done to the Milwaukee Bucks in the playoffs. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown lead the best offensive rating so far this season. On the other side, Marcus Smart and Al Horford hold down a solid defense that helped them stand atop the East.
The Bucks are also playing great basketball thanks to Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak is averaging an incredible 31 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists. His MVP-level performance is helping the team manage as Khris Middleton looks to regain his pre-injury form.
The Early market may point to a Boston win, but there’s nothing worse than counting out the Greek Freak. The game will be tougher to call if Middleton manages to heat up in time for this big game.
If you’re looking for a decent bet, choose the Over in the Total Points market. Both teams are high-flying scoring units, and this wager will net you almost double your original stake.
Memphis Grizzlies @ Golden State Warriors
This match was supposed to be the mirror match of the Bucks-Celtics game, but Stephen Curry’s injury removed any actual level of competition in this game.
The Dubs are struggling this season, even with the Baby-Faced Assassin on the floor. There is no sure timeline for Curry’s return, so their games over the following weeks can make or break their season.
Meanwhile, the Grizzlies are thriving under Ja Morant. The electric guard seems to be doing the griddy on everyone this season, and their team play justifies his celebrations. They have a top-ten offense and a top-five defense, so their current standing at the top of the Western Conference is warranted.
The odds will not paint a pretty picture for the Warriors. While they still have a potent scorer in Jordan Poole, he doesn’t have the gravity Chef Curry imposes on a defense. A Grizzlies win is certain for the 1X2 market.
Phoenix Suns @ Denver Nuggets
The Phoenix Suns stumbled a bit after starting the season strong. They’ll want to silence their critics with an emphatic win against one of the NBA’s most brilliant passing big men.
The Nuggets are one of the West’s top seeds, thanks to a healthier roster than last season’s. Nikola Jokic is still a walking triple-double and is making a case for a third straight MVP. Moreover, Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. are playing fantastic basketball after effectively missing the 2021/22 season.
Meanwhile, the Suns finally stopped their surprising losing streak after a strong start to the season. Chris Paul is slowly getting back into shape as Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton continue to carry the load for the Suns.
These two squads seem evenly matched on paper. Jokic will overpower Ayton, while Booker will run circles around Denver’s backcourt. The bookies also think this will be a tight contest, with the Handicap marketing providing a small +2.5 for the Suns.
If you’re looking to bet on this match, go for a 1X2 Nuggets win. The Suns crumble when facing contenders, as proven by their losing streak. If they don’t find a way to contain Jokic, they’ll be in for a long Christmas night.
Enjoy NBA Christmas Games with Your Family
These NBA Christmas games are better when you watch them with your loved ones. These games promise high-quality basketball from some of the world’s best cagers. You’ll have fun regardless of which game you choose to watch.