NBA Christmas Day Schedule 2019: TV Info & Preview

Tim Kelly
November 08, 2019 - 11:54 am
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The NBA season begins in October, but does so in the midst of the MLB playoffs and the first-half of the NFL regular season schedule. So to many, Christmas is considered the unofficial start of the NBA season.

If you're in the group that really checks into the NBA as the NFL season begins to wind down, or even if you've been engaged since the first tip-off, there's quite the slate scheduled for Christmas Day 2019:

Kemba Walker and the Celtics will play on Christmas against the defending NBA Champion Toronto Raptors.
Kemba Walker and the Celtics will play on Christmas against the defending NBA Champion Toronto Raptors. Photo credit (Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors

Start Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

3 Things To Know

1. This will be the fourth consecutive year that the Celtics play on Christmas.

2. Despite ultimately winning the NBA Finals in 2018-19, the Raptors didn't play on Christmas a year ago.

3. The Celtics franchise is 14-18 all time on Christmas.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid will meet on Christmas.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid will meet on Christmas. Photo credit (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Milwaukee Bucks at Philadelphia 76ers

Start Time: 2:30 p.m. ET

TV: ABC

3 Things To Know

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged 43 points in three games against the Sixers in 2018-19.

2. Though this is the second consecutive year that the Sixers will play on Christmas, it's the first time since 1988 that they will host a matchup on the holiday. In that matchup, Charles Barkley led the Sixers to a 125-110 win over the Washington *Bullets*.

3. In six career games against the Bucks, Joel Embiid has averaged 29.0 and 12.8 rebounds-per-game.

James Harden and Russell Westbrook will play against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas.
James Harden and Russell Westbrook will play against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas. Photo credit (Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors

Start Time: 5:00 p.m. ET

TV: ABC

Radio: 95.7 The Game (Full game coverage available on radio in-market. Pre and postgame coverage available everywhere via online stream)

3 Things To Know

1. This will be the seventh consecutive year that the Warriors will play on Christmas.

2. In a win over Russell Westbrook and his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, James Harden scored 41 points on Christmas Day 2018.

3. The Rockets franchise is 6-5 on Christmas in their history.

(Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
(Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Photo credit Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James will meet on Christmas night.

Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers

Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

TV: ABC, ESPN

3 Things To Know

1. Without Paul George, the Clippers defeated the Lakers 112-102 on opening night, with Kawhi Leonard pacing the Clippers with 30 points.

2. This will be the 13th consecutive Christmas that LeBron James plays on, and the 14th in his career. He's averaged 26 points per game on Christmas day.

3. This will be the first time that the Clippers play on Christmas since 2016, when they lost 111-102 to the Lakers. Nick Young and Timofey Mozgov tied for the team lead in points for the Lakers, with each both finishing the night with 19.

Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets will play in the final game on Christmas.
Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets will play in the final game on Christmas. Photo credit (Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

New Orleans Pelicans at Denver Nuggets

Start Time: 10:30 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

3 Things To Know

1. This will be the Nuggets' first Christmas game since 2012, when they lost 112-100 in Los Angeles against the Clippers. Kosta Koufos was the Nuggets leading scorer in that game.

2. The Pelicans franchise is winless in two games on Christmas in their franchise's history.

3. Jrue Holiday had nine points off the bench for the Pelicans on Christmas Day 2015, when they lost 94-88 to the Miami Heat.

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