Christmas Day is huge for the NBA. One of my top plays for this week in the NBA is a game on Friday, Dec. 25. San Antonio travels to Houston in what’s become a tough matchup for the Spurs on Christmas Day. My other top two plays for the week take place on Saturday, Dec. 26, when Cleveland takes on Portland, and on Sunday, Dec. 27, when New York battles Boston. Keep reading to find out why I’ve chosen teams from those three games for this week’s top NBA bets!
A Closer Look At My Christmas Week NBA Betting Picks
San Antonio at Houston
When: Friday, Dec. 25
Cleveland vs Golden State is the big game on Christmas Day, but the best game to bet, I think, is going to be San Antonio versus Houston. The Spurs have a 23 and 5 record to start the week. They face a Houston team that’s only 14 and 14 to start the week. The last time that these two teams met Houston lost 103 to 104. That was last April. Houston just isn’t the same team mentally this season especially after firing Coach Kevin McHale. The Spurs should have no issues covering whatever spread the odds makers and bettors decide is fair.
Pick: San Antonio
Cleveland at Portland
When: Saturday, Dec. 26
Cleveland may lay it all on the line against the Warriors in the most intriguing Christmas Day game. LeBron James likes to play his best when the cameras are on. What it means is that the Cavs are going to put forth 100% against Golden State’s Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson while lying off of a team like Portland. Portland strikes me as one of those “let’s give our star players a rest” matchups. Portland’s Damian Lilliard, still one of the top point-guards in the NBA, should be healthy by the time this game comes around on Saturday. Lilliard is suffering from a hurt heel. If Lilliard plays, the Trailblazers have a shot at the win.
New York at Boston
When: Sunday, Dec. 27
The New York at Boston rivalry might be making a comeback. The Knicks are 14 and 14 to start the week while Boston is 14 and 13 to start the week. Both the Knicks and the Celtics are within 1 or 2 games of Atlantic Division leading Toronto. That’s a huge improvement over last season. It’s nice to see a New York versus Boston game in the NBA mean something. Boston’s point-guard play, Isaiah Thomas, and bench, Kelly Olynyk, Evan Turner and David Lee all come off the bench for the Celtics, give them a leg up in this over the Knicks. New York’s front line is terrific, but the Knicks don’t matchup very well with Thomas. Expect Isaiah II to exceed his 21 points per game and 6 assists averages in this matchup.