Along with turkey, gifts and spending time with family, NBA basketball betting is a part of Christmas Day tradition. This year, a rematch from last year’s NBA Finals highlights the day’s schedule.
Boston Celtics @ Brooklyn Nets
Odds: Nets -3.5
These two Eastern Conference teams haven’t been playing that well as of late, but a visit from the Celtics may be right up Brooklyn’s alley as the Nets have won both meetings with Boston so far this year. There was also the “brawl” between Boston’s Rajon Rondo and Brooklyn’s Kris Humphries on November 28th that will get a lot of attention leading up to this game. Boston coach “Doc” Rivers called his team “soft” after that game. they’ll look to prove their coach wrong and cover the NBA betting spread.
New York Knicks @ Los Angeles Lakers
Odds: Lakers -4
The Knicks beat their old coach, Mike D’Antoni, by a score of 116-107 at home on December 13th, but these Lakers have won four in a row and not surprisingly, their streak has coincided with the return of Steve Nash to the lineup. He doesn’t help the Lakers’ defense that much, but the offense runs more smoothly with Nash out there and that breeds confidence at both ends of the floor.
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Miami Heat
Odds: Heat -2.5
The Thunder meet the Heat for the first time since Lebron James and company defeated OKC in last year’s Finals, and both look to be on track for another Finals series as they’re leading their respective conferences. The Thunder have won nine of their last 10 and are 7-3 on the road, while the Heat have won four in a row and are 13-2 at home. Something has to give in South Beach, but you have to lean towards the Heat at home.
Houston Rockets @ Chicago Bulls
Odds: Bulls -4.5
The Rockets have won three straight and are still gelling, especially the Jeremy Lin/James Harden backcourt. The Bulls have played surprisingly well without Derrick Rose (who isn’t due back for another two months, at the very least) and they make up for the absence of their offensive leader by ranking third in the NBA in points allowed. Houston can run hot and cold, while Chicago is pretty steady and would like to avenge a November 21st 93-89 loss in Houston
Denver Nuggets @ Los Angeles Clippers
Odds: Clippers -7
This could quietly be the best matchup of the day as both Western Conference teams like to push the pace and get up the floor as quickly as possible. The Clippers have won 13 in a row and everything is clicking for “Lob City”, and if the Nuggets turn the ball over they’re going to be in for a long day. However, the Nuggets are quite deep and have the horses to run with the Clippers, enough to make it interesting, at least. Still, roll with the Clippers.