One of the most exciting days in the NBA Calendar is upon us. The 2020-2021 NBA Christmas Day event features five high profile games that are all must-watch.
Now you’re probably wondering what to expect in this upcoming game and on that note, we’ve got your back.
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12:00pm/et, ESPN: @PelicansNBA/@MiamiHEAT
2:30pm/et, ABC: @warriors/@Bucks
5:00pm/et, ABC: @BrooklynNets/@celtics
8:00pm/et, ABC/ESPN: @dallasmavs/@Lakers
10:30pm/et, ESPN: @LAClippers/@nuggets#KiaTipOff20 #OnlyHere pic.twitter.com/6dCQXrn3Fm
There will be five games, the first of which starts at 1:00 AM Manila time.
The two finalists for last season’s Most Improved Player title will be going head-to-head as Bam Adebayo and Miami will take on reigning Most Improved Player Brandon Ingram and New Orleans.
A pair of two-time Most Valuable Player of the league will also clash as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Milwaukee takes on Stephen Curry and Golden State.
Boston and Brooklyn both had a successful opening night and now the two are looking to make it 2-0 at the expense of one another.
The present king of the NBA, LeBron James, and his potential successor Luka Doncic will meet for the first time this season as Dallas take on the defending champion LA Lakers.
And lastly, one of the surprise rivalries in last year’s playoffs is about to have another chapter added to its narrative as Denver take on the new look LA Clippers.
Pelicans vs. Heat
In the clash between the Heat vs the Pelicans, the two had a very different open seasoner.
New Orleans had a strong start for the season as it defeated Toronto with Ingram almost putting up a triple-double of 24 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists.
On the other hand, Miami had a rough start as they lost to Orlando in the season opener. However, Adebayo put up a strong double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Now heading into the Christmas Day game, both teams are looking to build up momentum off a win off each other. With the Heat looking to bounce back and the Pelicans looking to continue their clean slate.
Warriors vs. Bucks
The Warriors and The Bucks are both coming off heartbreaking losses in their season opener.
Golden State got blown out by Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and the Nets in the season opener.
In his return, Stephen Curry balled out with a double-double 20 points and 10 assists but was not enough as they received a 125-99 beating.
Milwaukee got the same heartbreaking loss as well, although unlike the Warriors, they didn’t got blown out.
Instead, the Bucks suffered a buzzer-beating loss at the hands of Jayson Tatum and the Celtics.
Tatum knocked down a game-winning shot to take down the two-time MVP of the league.
Antetokounmpo scored 35 points and 13 rebounds but failed to come up clutch down the stretch and win the game.
Now with both teams suffering heartbreaking losses, it’ll be a sight to see how these two heavily favored teams bounce back against each other.
Celtics vs. Nets
Two of the most dangerous offensive teams in the league, the Celtics and the Nets will face off on Christmas Day.
Tatum, who hit the game winner in their season opener finished the game with 30 points and seven rebounds, his running mate Jaylen Brown dropped 33 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Brooklyn also had a dynamic duo leading the way in their season opener.
Durant made his debut wearing the black and white jersey and dropped 22 points with five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Irving backed him up with 26 points, four rebounds and four assists.
These two teams showed deadly arsenal in the offensive end in their first game of the season, now these two teams will go face-to-face, and it’ll surely be a high scoring game on Christmas Day.
Lakers vs. Mavericks
Dallas and the defending champs Lakers will have their big match-up on Christmas Day.
This season, these two teams are being considered among the favorites to have a deep playoff run.
The Lakers are expected to go back-to-back this season but had a very rough opening day.
Their rival, the Clippers showed dominance in their first meeting of the season and dispatched the defending champs easily, 116-109.
LeBron James 22 points, five rebounds and five assists, Anthony Davis finished with 18 points and seven rebounds. Debuting Dennis Schroder finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.
Mavericks also had rough opening day.
Luka Doncic put up his usual performance with 32 points, eight rebounds and five assists but the new look Phoenix spoiled the start of a possible MVP year for the Slovenian Assassin.
Now, the two high-profile teams will square off in the opening day with both squads looking to get into the win column in a big way.
Clippers vs. Nuggets
The last Christmas Day game is the rematch of the best series in last year’s playoffs.
The Clippers and the Nuggets will meet once again after their big series.
As stated earlier, the Clippers had a strong debut game with Paul George scoring 33 points, six rebounds and three assists, Kawhi Leonard had 26 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals and debuting Serge Ibaka had 15 points, and six rebounds.
Denver suffered a sorry loss at the hands of Sacramento in the opening game courtesy of a game winning tip-in from Buddy Hield.
Despite the loss, Nikola Jokic had a triple-double with 29 points, 15 rebounds, 14 assists and two blocks, Michael Porter Jr had a big game as well with 24 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks.
These two teams are both looking to redeem themselves after having a heartbreaking exit in last season’s playoffs and now facing against each other once again, it could be a game that will end up as one of the best in NBA history.
Who you got on Christmas Day? Who do you think will have a big game? Sound off in the comment section.