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The Best Storylines Surrounding Each of the NBA's Christmas Day Games

When else is a more appropriate time to talk about the NBA Christmas schedule than in the middle of a summer heat wave? Christmas came about four months early when the 2018 Christmas Day match ups were reportedly leaked. 


These games will be some of the most anticipated of the entire season so there may not be enough time in the day for you to open up presents, drink hot chocolate, or sing carols. 


Here are the most interesting storylines behind each of the NBA Christmas Day games. 

5. Portland Trailblazers at Utah Jazz

Both of these teams were two of the Western Conference's top five teams last season. This game will be an interesting preview of what could come down the line in the playoffs. Although the West seems to be pretty predictable, there is a ton of talent such as Donovan Mitchell and Damian Lillard here. This will be a great game to sit back and watch without too much stress.

4. Milwaukee Bucks at New York Knicks

Although the Knicks are still promising to be pretty awful, they can't be any worse than last year. With a healthy Kristaps Porzingis, this match-up will be interesting. Giannis Antetokounmpo always puts on a show but not if the unicorn has anything to say about it. After all, he did tear his ACL in a game against the Bucks last season, so he will be ready to prove to them that he is back and better than ever. 

3. Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets

This game will sure to be filled with iconic stars and a bit of drama. One exciting aspect of this match-up is that Carmelo Anthony will be going to head to head with his old team. Russell Westbrook and James Harden were also teammates back in the day so it will be fun to see some friendly competition between them. This game could get a little heated for sure. 

2. Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors

This is obviously one of the most anticipated match-ups of the year. LeBron is out for revenge and has a new team of players that will actually do their job to help him out. Although people are already claiming that the Lakers have no business challenging the indestructible Warriors, it will be fun to see if they can at least hang around their stacked roster. 

1. Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics

If there is one game that you need to watch, it may be this one. Two of the main contenders in the East will be duking it out in Boston. This Semifinals repeat will feature the baby Celtics such as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown up against the former Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons in a must-see showdown where tensions are sure to be high.

NBA fans will really have a hard time keeping their priorities straight this Christmas. Your family members may be bothered at how antisocial you are being by staring at the TV screen all day, but remember just how meaningful these match-ups are.