When it comes to sports on Christmas Day, the NBA has long been king. The Association will be serving up five games this year and NBA Christmas odds are available to wager on right now.
NBA Christmas odds
Here are NBA Christmas odds for this year’s slate of holiday games.
In an effort to show how NBA Christmas odds are changing, here are what the point spreads looked like on Monday.
- Atlanta Hawks +1 at New York Knicks -1
- Boston Celtics +6.5 at Milwaukee Bucks -6.5
- Golden State Warriors +3.5 at Phoenix Suns -3.5
- Brooklyn Nets -1 at LA Lakers +1
- Dallas Mavericks +5.5 at Utah Jazz -5.5
Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks – 12 p.m. ET
Both the Hawks and Knicks have underwhelmed in the early goings of this NBA season. Atlanta has been dealing with COVID issues as Trae Young, Danilo Gallinari and Clint Capela were all in COVID protocols to start the week.
Full betting preview: Hawks vs. Knicks
Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks – 2:30 p.m. ET
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown still haven’t been able to mesh as Boston is once again underachieving. The Celtics did beat the Bucks 117-103, in Boston, on Dec. 13 but getting a win at Fiserv Forum on Christmas Day should prove to be much more difficult.
Full betting preview: Celtics vs. Bucks
Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns – 5 p.m. ET
Last season’s best in the West, the Phoenix Suns, meet the conference’s old championship guard in the Warriors. Phoenix is proving last season’s run was far from a fluke as they own one of the top records in the NBA while Steph Curry and friends are also scorching hot to start the campaign.
Full betting preview: Warriors vs. Suns
Brooklyn Nets at Los Angeles Lakers – 8 p.m. ET
Many pegged this as an NBA Finals preview with the schedule was released but both the Nets and Lakers have had their issues in the early portion of the season. The Nets are still without Kyrie Irving, though Irving may be playing road games for Brooklyn soon. LA, meanwhile, will be without Anthony Davis for an extended period of time as the Lakers star is nursing an MCL injury.
Full betting preview: Nets vs. Lakers
Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz – 10:30 p.m. ET
The Mavericks have been bit by the injury bug as they’ve been without stars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis in recent days. Utah continues to cruise as they sit near the Suns and Warriors in the upper echelon of the Western Conference standings.
Full betting preview: Mavericks vs. Jazz
How to watch Christmas Day basketball
Christmas Day games will be televised by ESPN and ABC.
This season’s Christmas games will air as follows:
- Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks, 12 p.m. ESPN
- Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks, 2:30 p.m. ABC
- Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns, 5 p.m. ABC
- Brooklyn Nets at LA Lakers, 8 p.m. ABC
- Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz, 10:30 p.m. ESPN
Games are also viewable on a number of authorized streaming services, such as the ESPN APP, Twitch, PlayStation Vue, Hulu, Sling and YouTube TV for those who don’t have cable or satellite programming subscriptions. However, subscriptions to these streaming services are required.
Holiday basketball betting strategy
Christmas Day NBA games are high profile matchups that usually bring the best out of stars on both sides. Superstars rarely sit out Christmas games and the matchups often pit rivals against one another. Betting on teams that have a revenge narrative (such as the Knicks against the Hawks in this year’s slate) is a good way to bank on the importance of these holiday games.
Teams and players that aren’t usually in the Christmas spotlight may put added importance on the game. The Suns, for instance, are new to this marquee matchup thing. At the same time, the Warriors have been out of the limelight for a couple of years now due to injury issues and the defection of Kevin Durant.
LeBron James has played in a whopping 15 Christmas games in his carer and has a straight-up record of 10-5. Last year, LeBron and the Lakers blew out the Mavericks in LA, 138-115.
You’ll also want to monitor injuries and COVID protocols. The NBA is in the midst of something of a COVID crisis with players missing games left and right this holiday season. It has gotten so bad that the NBA may postpone some of this year’s games and potentially shift around the start times of certain games.