The odds for the four NBA Christmas games have dropped and it’s everything we asked from Santa.
Kicking off the action are the 76ers vs Knicks, followed by Lakers vs Mavericks, Bucks vs Celtics, Grizzlies vs Warriors, and Suns vs Nuggets.
NBA odds are available now, which is a good time to snap up value.
Eastern Conference Heavyweights Collide
There are two Eastern Conference games on Christmas Day, including the Philadelphia 76ers vs New York Knicks.
The Madison Square Garden crowd will be rocking as the likes of Joel Embiid come into town. It could be a vital game to win, as we expect them to be figuring in the playoffs.
The 76ers are the -3½ favorites and we expect that line to move. Money should come for the 76ers, which could see the line shift to -5½, and it always depends on how well they start the season.
They made some excellent offseason acquisitions, including De’Anthony Melton, who has been impressed with teammate Tyrese Maxey.
“He’s a quick, decisive guard” Melton said of Maxey. “He’s able to get downhill, but he can pull up on you at any time and he’s very good at getting to the paint and finishing and stuff like that. It’s his offensive game, it’s evolving as he gets older.
“Besides the basketball, he’s just a really good dude. He’s down to earth, he’s laughing all the time, but his work ethic is his biggest thing. Just talking with him, the time we worked out, he said it was his second workout already. I was like ‘Bro it’s like 9 a.m.!’ but his work ethic is the biggest thing. It’s contagious for this team, too.”
Guys like Maxey could be enough to see the 76ers beat the Knicks on the road. There is plenty of hype surrounding the 76ers and that’s likely to drive the odds down with the sportsbook.
Western Conference Showdown(s)
It doesn’t get much better than Christmas Day for NBA fans, which includes a blockbuster Western Conference doubleheader.
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers get things started against Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. Most of the early money has come for the Mavericks, who have home-court advantage.
James has a 10-5 record on Christmas Day, so bettors are wagering against history. He has four 30-point games, so Doncic will have to match the greatest player in the NBA.
Betting online markets are likely to take money for the Lakers, providing they are healthy. It’s always the most important aspect when betting on Lakers games.
The fourth game on Christmas Day is Memphis Grizzlies vs Golden State Warriors, which could be the most exciting game on the holiday card. The Warriors come off an NBA championship and they’re not being underrated two years running.
They are the -4½ favorites to beat the Grizzlies, which should be a good early bet. The Warriors are tough to beat on Christmas Day.
The final game matches the Phoenix Suns vs Denver Nuggets. We expect the Denver Nuggets to have a successful year and NBA betting markets have them at a generous -2½ line.
It’s worth including in NBA parlay wagers, and it’s another game we see plenty of line movement between then and now.