NBA Christmas Day schedule 2018 includes five games, top teams

A number of exciting matchups arrive as a Christmas gift to basketball fans worldwide.

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On Christmas Day, NBA fans will have the gift of their favorite sports league. A total of five interesting matchups are slated for December 25, with a showdown between LeBron James' Lakers and the world champions in the spotlight. Below is a look at the exciting NBA schedule for Christmas 2018.

1

Bucks vs Knicks, 12 PM ET (ESPN)

The matchup may have looked better on paper ahead of the season with the potential for a Greek Freak vs Unicorn matchup in NYC. Giannis should be on the court barring an injury ahead of the game, but Porzingis won't. Still, the Knicks feature an exciting lineup that includes Tim Hardaway Jr., big man Enes Kanter, and rookie Kevin Knox. There's also a side story involving the Knicks' Mario Herzonja's nasty dunk on Giannis and his disrespectful step over the All-Star after he fell to the court.

2

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets, 3 PM ET (ABC)

Former teammates and potential playoff teams battle it out on Christmas Day. Russell Westbrook and the Thunder try to take down James Harden and the Rockets in Houston. Harden's put up some impressive games lately including another 50-point triple-double. He also passed Westbrook with his fourth 50-point triple-double. It makes for an interesting showdown between the two players and their supporting casts, including CP3 and PG13.

3

Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics, 5:30 PM ET (ABC)

A rematch from last year's Eastern Conference playoffs pits two teams with more personnel than they had in the series. The Sixers now have Jimmy Butler, who has hit some game-winning shots in his time with the team. The Celtics finally have Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving back on the court. This could be a potential preview of an Eastern Conference finals matchup here.

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4

Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors, 8 PM ET (ABC)

The marquee matchup of the day, features LeBron James with his new squad in their first regular season meeting with the champs. The two teams battled in a highly-viewed preseason game in Las Vegas, so that bodes well for viewership here. It's also going to be an early season measuring stick for LeBron and his new team, which would qualify for the playoffs if they started today.

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5

Portland Trail Blazers vs Utah Jazz, 10:30 PM ET (ESPN)

Fans get to finish off their Christmas Day of NBA gifts with the Trail Blazers visiting the Jazz. Both Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have shown they're capable of impressive scoring bursts. The same goes for Donovan Mitchell. This could be an entertaining way to cap off the holiday slate!

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