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It’s An NBA Christmas Bonanza


One of the reasons we love the NBA is that the league always ensures there are games to enjoy on Christmas day. This year is no different and we have five games to look forward to.

The NBA’s schedule makers always try their best to predict which games will be most attractive on Christmas day. Sometimes, however, the matchups are somewhat less attractive than they had hoped for. Some of this year’s Noel duels may disappoint, but all in all, they did quite a good job this time around.

The first matchup of the Christmas day will see the New Orleans Pelicans heading down to Florida for a game against the Miami Heat. The Pelicans have been one of the biggest disappointments of the year so far, devastated by injuries and not posting results that everyone expected them to. The host Miami Heat have been great this year, battling for home court advantage in the playoffs, standing well above .500. Tonight’s matchup should be a heated one, with Anthony Davis showing off his skills and the Heat fighting back with a more team-oriented effort.

In Oklahoma City, the home Thunder will be hosting the Chicago Bulls in a matchup that will see Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook lock horns with Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler. The Thunder are rolling as of lately, with their dynamic duo hitting the stride and proving over and over again that they are one of the best duos in the game at the moment, perhaps the best. The Bulls are coming to Oklahoma somewhat struggling, with signs of discontent giving birth to rumors and with the team losing some truly winnable games as of lately.

The treat of the day, however, will be going down in California, with reigning champs the Golden State Warriors hosting their 2015 Finals rivals Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James. The Cavs’ fans are hoping their team will hand the Dubs their second loss of the season, while Warriors’ fans are expecting another one in the line of seemingly effortless and endless wins. And really, is there anything more we could ask for than the Curry-LeBron matchup on Christmas day?

Before the season started, most people would have said that the San Antonio Spurs – Houston Rockets would be a battle for the ages. However, since the season started, it became obvious that the Spurs are one of two best teams in the league at the moment, while the Rockets are primed to disappoint their fans with subpar results and only the 7th place in the West. Still, you can never write off the Rockets and their main man, James “the Beard” Harden.

The final game of the night is the Battle of LA with the Lakers hosting the Clippers in what is almost certainly going to be a one-sided duel. The Lakers are simply bad this season and even though Kobe has looked better in the last few games, it is pretty much certain that the Clippers are going to dispose of them summarily.

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