The Christmas Day NBA games are universally viewed as the unofficial start of every NBA season. Every year, the NBA delivers marquee matchups with generation defining players and championship hopeful teams. The 2019 Christmas Day games give us revamped contenders, reigning MVPs and new faces trying to make their mark with new organizations.
The NBA Christmas Day schedule is as follows:
• Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers
• Houston Rockets @ Golden State Warriors
• Milwaukee Bucks @ Philadelphia 76ers
• Boston Celtics @ Toronto Raptors
• New Orleans Pelicans @ Denver Nuggets
Every matchup offers something appealing to both hardcore and casual viewers of the NBA. The games will feature multiple all-star and superstar talent on both sides, with reputations to prove.
Lakers vs. Clippers is potentially the matchup of the day. A must-watch for NBA fans. With the addition of Anthony Davis to join superstar LeBron James, the Lakers look to prove their championship contending roster against a gritty Clippers team that acquired both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. This is a potential Western Conference Final matchup.
When the Rockets visit the Warriors on Christmas Day, the Warriors will be without all-star Klay Thompson due to his torn ACL. The Rockets recently traded Chris Paul and multiple first-round picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Russell Westbrook. The watch potential is high for this matchup, as the Rockets try to prove their relevancy.
76ers versus Bucks is another potential Conference Championship matchup, but this time in the East. The Bucks have the reigning MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is looking to push the Bucks over the hill and take them to the NBA Finals. The Sixers have an all-star trio in Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris. They look to take control of the Eastern Conference and become a regular contender for the NBA Finals.
The only question mark on Christmas Day is the Toronto Raptors playing on national television. Yes, they just won the NBA Finals, but they also lost their Finals MVP and can be a team who has to rebuild on the fly. The Celtics lost Kyrie Irving in the offseason, but added all-star Kemba Walker, who is looking to make his mark in the postseason for one of the marquee franchises.
Zion Williamson content. The fans want it and the league will deliver it. The Pelicans and Nuggets are both up-and-coming teams who bring excitement every night. The Pelicans added Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart through the Davis trade with the Lakers to join their draft pick Williamson. The Nuggets are on a mission to secure the number one seed and home-court advantage in the postseason. This matchup will feature multiple young players trying to cement their place as stars in the league.