Christmas games in the NBA are a long-standing tradition, usually standing alone in the sports landscape for the day (although there are NFL games this year as well). They start at noon and don't end until late in the night, giving people an opportunity to take some time away from (or with) the family and enjoy some ball. You probably won't have time to watch every contest, though, so here's a ranking of the ones you need to tune into.

5. Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8:00 PM ET

It feels odd to put the most exciting individual player in the NBA at the bottom of this list, but Russell Westbrook can't do anything about how unexpectedly bad the Timberwolves have been this season, making this the most likely blowout among the day's games.

Perhaps Westbrook will grant a Christmas gift to fans by recording yet another triple-double.

4. Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30 PM ET

Scratch that previous comment, none of the Christmas games will be a bigger blowout than this one. The Lakers started off the season alright, but have since cratered to the low depths of the NBA expected of them, due to injuries and depth concerns. The Clippers will miss star Blake Griffin, who's out four-to-six weeks after knee surgery.

3. Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, 12:00 PM ET

Recently, these are the type of games the Celtics get up for and the Knicks don't. It's been awhile since New York has played a relevant game on Christmas, but they're keeping pace with their rivals in the NBA standings.

Still, there are injury concerns about Derrick Rose and the Celtics are simply better, plain and simple.

2. Chicago Bulls at San Antonio Spurs, 5:00 PM ET

Games between these teams this season should be called "The Pau Gasol Bowl." Just kidding. But this Christmas Day contest pits a Bulls team playing better than expected against a Spurs team that continues to hum along without Tim Duncan, validating claims that they're the best franchise in the NBA today.

1. Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers, 2:30 PM ET

Last June, these teams played some of the most memorable games in NBA history. They've each won an NBA championship against the other in the past two years, and might face-off in 2017, so if you want Christmas fireworks, look no further.

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