With the focus on the upcoming NFL playoffs and College Football Bowl Season in full swing don’t over look the smorgasbord of Christmas Day NBA games that you can bet on this year.
Washington battles New York before Oklahoma City takes on San Antonio. In arguably the most interesting game of the day, Cleveland travels to Miami. The Lakers on Chicago before the nightcap, a battle between top notch Western Conference powerhouses LAC and Golden State.
Analyzing My NBA Christmas Day Betting Picks
Washington Wizards at New York Knicks
When: 12:00 pm ET
Analysis: This will be a case of a very good team, the Wizards, taking on a very bad team, the Knicks. The Wizards average 100.8 points per game while shooting 47% from the field. The Knicks allow 100 points per game while shooting 45% from the field on the offensive end and scoring only 94 points per game.
John Wall is averaging 17.8 points and 10.5 assists per game for the Wizards while the Knicks are still trying to learn how to make the triangle offense effective while their president gets into ridiculous Twitter arguments with TV personalities like Charles Barkley. Wizards figure to put the “Harry Potter” on the Knicks.
NBA Christmas Day Betting Pick: Washington Wizards
Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs
When: 2:30 pm ET
Analysis: Durant should be able to play on Christmas Day against the defending NBA Champions, the San Antonio Spurs. Without Durant, OKC has virtually not shot of beating San Antonio in San Antonio. The Spurs are loaded again.
Aron Baynes from Washington State produced a double-double against Dallas in a loss in the Spurs most recent game. Baynes is yet another player that produces for the Spurs. Tony Parker should be healthy enough to play and Tim Duncan has been getting plenty of rest lately. So, it’s obvious that unless Durant is healthy and goes off for close to 40, that the Spurs will win this matchup.
NBA Christmas Day Betting Pick: San Antonio Spurs
Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat
When: 5:00 pm ET
Analysis: Dwayne Wade said that LeBron should “expect some boos” when he shows up in a Cavs uniform to battle the Miami Heat on Christmas Day. Although this probably won’t be the most exciting game, Warriors versus Clippers, the night-cap, figures to be a great matchup, this might be the most interesting contest on the hardwood on Dec. 25.
Cleveland hasn’t been nearly as dominant as many expected them to be this season. The problem for the Cavs is that even though they have 3 of the top players in the league, in addition to King James the Cavs have Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, their bench is lacking in much talent.
Overall, Miami might be the better team, but Chris Bosh is still suffering from a calf injury and it’s unlikely he will play. Dwayne Wade has a knee contusion and may not be ready either. It appears that Lebron is making the trip back to Cleveland at the very best time when the Heat is at a weak point.
NBA Christmas Day Betting Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers
Los Angeles Lakers at Chicago Bulls
When: 8:00 pm ET
Analysis: The ridiculous Lakers take on the very good Chicago Bulls in a contest that should turn into a laugher on Christmas Day. The Lakers are just a terrible team. L.A. has one of the worst defenses in the NBA. It allows 109 points from 47.6% shooting from the field.
Chicago’s defense allows only 98 points from 43% shooting per game and the offense pummels opponents with 102 points per night from 45% shooting. Man for man, Chicago is so much better than Los Angeles that it would be surprising to see the Bulls not win by at least 12 points in this matchup.
NBA Christmas Day Betting Pick: Chicago Bulls
Golden State Warriors at L.A. Clippers
When: 10:30 pm ET
Analysis: This is the game of the day. Golden State is the best team in the NBA. The record is phenomenal, but more impressive than the record is the fact that the Warriors lead the league in field goal percentage allowed, 41.6%, and offensive field goal percentage, 48%. The Warriors average 107.5 points a game. What do opponents average against Golden State? Opponents average a measly 97.6 points per matchup.
The Clippers might be the one team that could beat the Warriors, though. The Clippers play Golden State at home and the inside-outside game of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul should be able to do some damage versus a Golden State team without Andrew Bogut. Golden State is awesome, but LAC has the talent to come up big for their fans on Christmas Day.