Merry Christmas Sports Fans! This years NBA Christmas Day lineup is jam packed full of playoff contenders — including a rematch from last years NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. Below are our predictions for all of the X-mas Day action.
Philadelphia 76ers @ New York Knicks (12:00 PM EST)
With Sixers star Joel Embiid and sharp shooter J.J. Reddick being game-time decisions, this one is hard to call. Embiid and Reddick both play a major roll for Philly and without them it will be tough for the rest of the guys to be able pick up the workload to power past the Knicks. Not to mention defending New York’s unicorn, Kristaps Porzingis. But with this being a prime-time game it’s hard to imagine that Joel Embiid won’t be out there, he will be the difference maker.
Final: 109-101 Sixers top Knicks.
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Golden State Warriors (3:00 PM EST)
The highlight of the Christmas Day games takes place in Oakland with a rematch of last years NBA Finals. LeBron James and the Cavaliers look for revenge as they make the trip to the Golden State. The Warriors are still missing their superstar shooter Stephen Curry, but with last year’s Finals MVP Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, the Warriors still have an all-star-like team — and that’s just to name a few. This one will be a battle as it is likely to be a preview of this years finals yet again. Who will put their team on their back and give their fans the gift of a Christmas Day win? LeBron or Kevin Durant — I’ll take King James.
Final: 119-115 Cavaliers top Warriors
Washington Wizards @ Boston Celtics (5:30 PM EST)
The Washington Wizards travel to Boston to take on the top team in the Eastern Conference to begin the later games of the day. Kyrie Irving has taken over Bean-town and looks to lead his Celtics to a Christmas Day victory in front of the home crowd. Kyrie vs John Wall will be a fun match-up to watch in this one. Along with Washington lights-out scorer Bradley Beal, the Wizards will be no push-over.
Final: 101-95 Celtics top Wizards
Houston Rockets @ Oklahoma City Thunder (8 PM EST)
The Rockets north to Oklahoma City for the first of two Christmas night games. Houston’s James Harden is having another MVP caliber season as he hopes to lead his team on another playoff run. The Rocket’s will likely be without starting point guard Chris Paul who is still sidelined due to a groin injury. On the other end of the court, the Thunder’s season has been somewhat of a disappointment so far. After adding Carmelo Anthony and Paul George in the off-season the Thunder looked to be the Golden State Warriors top competition in the West. OKC is slowly starting to figure it out, and it’s hard not to win when you have a player that nearly averages a triple-double every game. Russ shows up when the world is watching, today will be no different.
Final: 116-109 Thunder top Rockets
Minnesota Timberwolves @ Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 PM EST)
The final game of the night is a match-up between the Timberwolves and the Lakers in the Los Angeles. It will showcase the #2 pick in last years draft, the most talked about rookie in the league, Lonzo Ball. The Lakers are a very young team who have under-performed so far this season. On the opposite side of the ball, the Timberwolves have been very impressive this year, currently sitting in 4th place in the Western Conference. Lead by former Chicago Bull’s all-star Jimmy Butler, the Timberwolves should have no problem going into the Staples Center and getting the job done.
Final: 113-98 Timberwolves top Lakers