The NBA is yet to release this upcoming season’s official schedule and we don’t even have the full rosters at the moment, but it’s still pretty exciting to wonder about what may or may not happen when teams are settled in.
Christmas games always have an extra, brands release new jerseys, people gather around the TV to watch the NBA all day long as a family, and players work their butts off in order to take the W home.
So, let’s jump way-way ahead and take a look at our way to early favorite picks for this year’s best Christmas matchups.
5. Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards
The Toronto Raptors pretty much embarrassed the Washington Wizards and exposed Marcin Gortat up to the point where he was dealt away by the team, and now that they’ve signed Dwight Howard, it would be nice to see how both squads square off now.
Also, with the Raptors firing Dwane Casey and trying to prove that they’re actual Championship contenders and not choke, they would try their best to make a statement during Christmas day for sure.
4. Phoenix Suns vs. Sacramento Kings
We’re just desperate to watch DeAndre Ayton and Marvin Bagley III square off during Christmas night, as the 1st and 2nd overall pick are set to prove that they’re worthy of all the praise and hype that surrounded them.
Also, it looks like both teams are finally going to be kind of good and not the dismal disasters they’ve been over the last couple of seasons, so there’s a lot to be excited if you’re a fan of either squad going into this season.
3. Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Houston Rockets were just 1 game shy of making it to the NBA Finals and finally dethroning the Golden State Warriors, but just like the Oklahoma City Thunder, they just weren’t good enough when it mattered the most.
With Paul coming back for the Rockets and George doing the same with OKC, both teams are going to be on a mission to prove they got what it takes to win the Championship, and they’re likely to go head-to-head to earn the 2nd seed in the Western Conference.
2. Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia Sixers
The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers developed a bit of a physical rivalry during this year’s playoffs and with Embiid’s harsh trash talking, it feels like this one’s going to be a very heated matchup for years to come.
Both Boston and Philly look like dynasties in the making and watch them go at it to show which team has what it takes to dominate the Eastern Conference and make it to the Finals is going to be very exciting, especially now that the Sixers will have to find a way to beat Boston with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward back in full health.
1. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors Warriors
And obviously, the game to watch has to be Lakers vs. Warriors, as LeBron James would try and beat them once again with a new squad while the Dubs could already be with DeMarcus Cousins among their starters.
The Lakers are desperate to get back to Championship contention while the Warriors are set to feature 5 All-Stars on their starting 5, so watching the King beat them in Christmas would be really exciting.