Christmas Day is, undoubtedly, the best day of basketball during the NBA’s regular season.
This year, unlike any other year, the NBA schedules a slate of Christmas Day games that are the best matchups any fan could ask for. If a franchise is lucky enough to be one of the ten playing on one of the year’s best holidays, it means one of two things: you’re incredibly fun to watch, or you’re one of the league’s best.
(All times are Eastern, by the way.)
5Boston Celtics at New York Knicks – 12 PM
Nov 11, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) and Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) battle for a loose ball during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
4LA Clippers at LA Lakers – 10:30 PM
December 25, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) controls the ball against Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Christmas at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
3Chicago Bulls at San Antonio Spurs – 5 PM
Dec 25, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dunks against Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) in the first half of a NBA basketball game on Christmas at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
2Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder – 8 PM
Dec 25, 2015; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket against Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) during the first half of a NBA basketball game on Christmas at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
1Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers – 2:30 PM
Dec 25, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (left) reacts as Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (right) looks on in the first half of a NBA basketball game on Christmas at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports