Every NBA team and player desires to be play on this unique day, Christmas day. A national broadcast makes the game extra special for players and teams who wish to prove themselves in front of a large audience. These are the 5 selected games for NBA Christmas day.

Game 1: Celtics @ Knicks (12 p.m. ET, ESPN)

The ever-popular Knicks come into this game with a 7-4 record in December. Their offense is picking up and making up for their defensive woes. They have surprised many with their current 4th seed in the Eastern Conference but their ability to maintain this pace is still questioned. Carmelo’s health will continue to be key.

The Celtics, the association’s most successful franchise, have shown glimpses of what could be when healthy. The addition of Horford has strengthened their frontcourt and Bradley has shown vast improvement. They have picked up their pace lately after finally being healthy, and their 3rd seed for the moment reflects the potential of a young, solid team.

Game 2: Warriors @ Cavaliers (2:30 p.m. ET, ABC)

The Cavaliers know what it takes to be champions. Their solid play has placed them atop their conference, which is where everyone expects them to be at the end of the season. Lebron continues to fill up the stat sheet and impress game after game. Kevin Love is probably playing his best basketball with the team.

However, the recent injury to J. R. Smith could hurt the team’s outside shooting.

The Warriors hold the NBA’s best record. After a shaky start to the season, they look scary right now. Durant has fit in perfectly, Curry continues to do his thing, Klay has gained his stroke back, and Green continues to do everything on the court.

The Warriors will look to redeem themselves from a disappointing Finals loss.

Game 3: Bulls @ Spurs (5 p.m. ET, ABC)

The Spurs are playing on Christmas day and there is no Tim Duncan. That is news alone. In great part, the play of Gasol, who is fitting in well as expected, and Aldridge will tell us how far this team can go.

Parker may no longer be an All-Star, but the bench continues to be strong and Kawhi continues to improve and lead the team. They hold the 2nd best record in the league.

The Bulls are a mystery. At nights they seem like they can beat anyone; on others, they beat themselves. They are not an athletic team and the losses of Gasol, Noah, and Rose in the offseason were difficult to deal with. However, their staring 5 is impressive and, if healthy, Wade, Rondo, and especially Butler can carry this team to the playoffs.

Game 4: Timberwolves @ Thunder (8 p.m. ET, ESPN)

The Thunder are Russell Westbrook, plain and simple. They will go as far as he can take them. So far, their 18-12 record has surprised many, but looking at the play of the triple-double master says it all.

The loss of Durant has only added more fuel to Westbrook’s fire. The supporting cast is also elevating its play.

The Timberwolves are an exciting young group under new coach Tom Thibodeau. They look like they can beat anyone at times. However, they still lack the experience needed to win basketball games down the stretch. Towns, in his 2nd year only, is a must-see player. The electrifying but irregular play of Wiggins, LaVine, and Rubio will probably tell us if they can finally make the playoffs.

Game 5: Clippers @ Lakers (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

This NBA Christmas day will be without Kobe Bryant for the first time in a long time. Nevertheless, the Lakers are again fun to watch. Their impressive start has cooled off because of several injuries.

The potential of the team, under the leadership of novice coach Luke Walton, is high.

The Clippers' inability to reach the NBA finals is still haunting them, but they have looked better than ever especially at the start of this season. Chris Paul remains an exemplary leader and Deandre Jordan a beast on the defensive end. The recent injury sustained by Griffin may hurt their play in the short-term.

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