Right around Christmas is when the NFL and College Football hand over our national obsession baton to the NBA and College Basketball. There’s still the Super Bowl and College Bowl games, but Christmas is considered the second opening day of the NBA season. The NBA takes advantage of their raised profile by putting together a great slate of games to watch today. With five games to choose from there is a something for everyone from the casual fan to the hardcore.
Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets – Noon, ESPN
Derek Rose, the talented Bulls Point Guard won’t be bringing his fans any holiday cheer with his injured leg. Across the floor the much hyped Brooklyn Nets have similarly left their fan base with heartburn. The most exciting moment of their season was Jason Kidd dropping a glass of water on the court to get a timeout called. Kidd basically did the same thing a 5 yr old would do if faced with the same problem.
Predicted Winner – Nets
Oklahoma City Thunder at New York Knicks – 2:30, ABC
This game’s hype took a giant hit when Knicks star Carmelo Anthony turned his ankle in his last appearance. The Knicks were going to have a tough time dealing with the Thunder if Carmelo was 100% healthy, but if he’s out then it might get ugly in Madison Square Garden by halftime. Kevin Durant and the Thunder aren’t going to let up just because it’s the holiday season.
Predicted Winner – Thunder
Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers – 5pm, ABC
Nothing says star power like Lebron James playing in Los Angeles. Sadly Kobe Bryant not being in the lineup for the Lakers saps much of the excitement out of this match up. Laker fans arrive late to playoff games, so a game on Christmas without their biggest star might not have one person in attendance. I kid, I kid. LA has enough horrible people who want to watch Lebron destroy their home team on Christmas.
Predicted Winner – Heat
Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs – 8pm, ESPN
The Battle for Texas NBA supremacy takes place tonight in prime-time. Dwight Howard and James Harden lead the Rockets into San Antonio where veterans Tim Duncan and Tony Parker await them. Could this game be a changing of the guard? As the Spurs age right before our eyes, the Rockets begin to make a case as the new team to watch in the lone star state.
Predicted Winner – Rockets
Los Angles Clippers at Golden State Warriors – 10:30pm, ESPN
The nightcap game for the Christmas holiday is a west coast battle between two up and coming teams. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are not only the kings of endorsements, but the new power house team in Los Angeles. The Clippers travel to face a Golden State team that features maybe the most exciting pound for pound player in the league, Stephen Curry.
Predicted Winner – Clippers