The NBA always offers an attractive slate of games on Christmas Day and this season won't be any different. The first game will start at noon ET on December 25th and the action won't stop after that until some thirteen hours later. Here's the entire Christmas Day NBA schedule.

December 25th, 2016 NBA games

  • Boston Celtics at New York Knicks (noon ET)
  • Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers (2:30pm ET)
  • Chicago Bulls at San Antonio Spurs (5pm ET)
  • Minnesota Timberwolves at OKC Thunder (8pm ET)
  • Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers (10:30pm ET)

The Celtics and Knicks are divisional rivals in the Atlantic Division.

However, as of yet neither team has proven themselves to be a threat for the division. Heading into this week, the Toronto Raptors hold a comfortable four-game lead in the division. Season to date, New York have enjoyed success at home and perhaps that will give them an edge when they host Boston. But the NBA probably selected these teams due to their large markets as opposed to their quality as Boston and New York are only modest teams so far this season.

Cavs vs. Warriors, marquee match-up

The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers game is different. These are two teams that are powerhouses in smaller NBA markets. LeBron James and the Cavs faced the Warriors last season and lost, before redeeming themselves in the playoffs.

Currently, both teams have comfortable leads in their divisions, but the game may bear on the outright regular-season leader in the association at season's end.

The Chicago Bulls look as though they will be in tough as they travel to Texas for their Christmas match-up. The Spurs are 22-5 on the season while Chicago are just 13-13 as they continue to struggle under Fred Hoiberg.

The worst match-up of the day is between the Timberwolves and OKC Thunder. However, the Thunder do have MVP candidate Russell Westbrook. The last game of the day is the battle of Los Angeles as the Clippers and Lakers play from the Staples Center. Between the two Pacific Division teams, it's the Clippers that are contenders this season as they are currently 20-8 and 2nd in the division.

With Christmas on a Sunday this season, you might think that these games would be competing for viewers with the NFL. However, the NFL games will mostly be played on Saturday next week.

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