NBA on Christmas Day Betting Preview

Boston Celtics (20-7) vs. Toronto Raptors (21-8)
Sunday, December 25th - 12:00PM ET - Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
Betting Line: TBD

The Celtics and Raptors tip off the NBA action on Christmas Day.

Toronto has won five straight games leading into the week. They travel to Indiana on Monday to take on the Pacers who are 7-3 in their last 10 games. They're coming off a 110-107 win over Dallas in which Kyle Lowry dropped 32 points and 10 assists.

Boston is riding a 3-game streak of their own. They most recently hosted Charlotte, who they dropp 119-93. Jayson put up 39 points and 12 rebounds in the win.

The last time these teams faced each other, Indianapolis won 122-117 at home over the Celtics.

Milwaukee Bucks (27-4) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (21-10)
Sunday, December 25th - 2:30PM ET - Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Betting Line: TBD

The talent-rich Philadelphia 76ers host reigning MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks this Christmas.

The Bucks are blazing hot. They've won nine of their last 10 games, including three in a row. They're 12-2 on the road and are scoring a leage-high 120.6 points per game. The Bucks also have the highest point differential in the NBA with +13.5.

Boston is 7-3 in their last 10 games and is also riding a three-game winning streak. They're second in the East behind only Milawukee and allow the fewest points in the East (103.2).

Houston Rockets (20-9) vs. Golden State Warriors (6-24)
Sunday, December 25th - 5:00PM ET - Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
Betting Line: TBD

This is not the game the NBA had in mind when they scheduled the Houston Rockets versus the Golden State Warriors for their 5pm Christmas game.

The Warriors are tied for dead last in the NBA with a 6-24 record. They score the fewest points in the West (104.6). Injuries and lack of motivation have depleted this once-juggernaut.

The Rockets, on the other hand, are third in the Western Conference. They've won seven of their last 10, including their last three games.

James Harden is averaging a ridiculous 38.8 points per game to go along with 7.5 assists. Russell Westbrook is putting up almost 24 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists per game.

Los Angeles Clippers (22-10) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (24-6)
Sunday, December 25th - 8:00PM ET - STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Betting Line: TBD

This game, above all on Christmas Day, is the true gift everyone is waiting for. A rematch of the season opener between the Clippers and the Lakers. Another Battle of Los Angeles in the STAPLES Center.

The Clippers won the opener 112-102 on 30 points from Kawhi Leonard and a strong showing from the Clippers bench. Doc Rivers played just nine players and got 60 players from his bench, including 21 points and seven assists from Lou Williams and 17 points and seven rebounds from Montrezl Harkless. The performance of the bench was necessary as L.A. was without Paul George.

Following the game, LeBron James was critisized for not being aggressive enough. He did not seem to want it as much as Kawhi Leonard and it showed in the end result. James finished 18 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.

New Orleans Pelicans (7-23) vs. Denver Nuggets (20-8)
Sunday, December 25th - 10:30PM ET - Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
Betting Line: TBD

For a team with as much talent as they have, the Pelicans have been a disappointment this season. They're one game away from being the bottom-dwellers in the West and are 1-9 in their last 10 games.

Brandon Ingram is coming into his own. He leads the team with 25.3 games and has seven boards a game to go along with it.

The Nuggets are proving they're as good as many expected them to be. They're chock-full of young talent and sit just three games below L.A. for the top spot in the West.

Nikola Jokic is averaging a doube-double with 17.3 points and 10 rebounds per game to go along with 6.8 assists. Jamal Murray is putting up 17.5 points per game.

It's Denver's defense that's been the real difference-maker. They allow an NBA-low 101.8 points per game -- almost three points fewer than the next team.