An NBA Christmas

By: Marc Lawrence | Tuesday, December 24, 2019

With presents stacked under the Christmas tree, here's my gift to you, for all NBA fans to see.
With the Bucks and Lakers taking off in flight, a Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!


Here’s a breakdown of the 10 teams playing on Christmas Day this season and how they’ve performed in games played on Dec. 25 since 1991:

• Boston Celtics: 4-5 SU and 5-4 ATS and 5-4 O/U

Trending: 4-0 ATS last four games

• Denver Nuggets: 2-3 SU and 2-3 ATS and 3-2 O/U

Trending: 2-0 SU and ATS at home

• Golden State Warriors: 3-4 SU and 1-6 ATS and 2-5 O/U
Trending: 0-6 ATS last six games

• Houston Rockets: 5-3 SU and 7-1 ATS and 3-3-2 ATS O/U

Trending: 7-0 ATS last seven games

• L.A. Clippers: 5-5 SU and 5-5 ATS and 5-5 O/U
Trending: 5-2 ATS last seven games

• L.A. Lakers: 9-12 SU and 13-7-1 ATS and 6-13-2 O/U
Trending: 6-1 ATS last seven games

• Milwaukee Bucks: 1-1 SU and 1-1 ATS and 1-1 O/U

Trending: 1-0 SU and ATS last game

• New Orleans Pelicans: 0-2 SU and 0-2 ATS and 0-2 O/U

Trending: 0-2 SU and ATS and O/U last two games

• Philadelphia 76ers 0-2 SU and 0-2 ATS and 1-1 O/U

Trending: 0-2 SU and ATS last two games 

• Toronto Raptors: 0-2 SU and 0-2 ATS and 1-1 O/U

Trending: 0-2 SU and ATS last two games

Most recent noteworthy team trends wrapped inside each Christmas Day game for games played this season thru Sunday, Dec 22…

• Boston Celtics: 7-3 SU and 9-1 ATS vs. .636 or greater foes

• Denver Nuggets: 10-19 O/U 

• Golden State Warriors: 1-8 SU and ATS on Wednesdays

• Houston Rockets: 6-11 ATS vs. sub .450 foes 

• L.A. Clippers: 3-1 SU and ATS vs. division

• L.A. Lakers: 3-1 SU and ATS off SU favorite loss

• Milwaukee Bucks: 12-2 SU and 10-4 ATS when not favored 9 more points

• New Orleans Pelicans: 3-11-1 ATS vs. foe off a win 

• Philadelphia 76ers: 1-5 ATS vs. conference foe off a win 

• Toronto Raptors 8-2 ATS home vs. conference foes


For the most part, Christmas Day has been a gifting experience for NBA’s defending champions.

It seems the better the opponent the better they perform.  That’s confirmed by a 4-5 SU and 2-7 ATS mark against sub .666 foes, but a 9-7 SU and 9-6-1 ATS record against .666 or greater opponents.

Better yet, defending champions are 9-3 SU and 9-2-1 ATS on Christmas Day against foes playing with two or more days of rest.


Christmas Day brings solid defensive efforts out in teams on Santa’s Day.

Since 1991 all games are 35-52-5 O/U, including 5-21-2 O/U in games involving .777 or greater teams.

Expect low scoring contests in the Clippers-Lakers and the Bucks-76ers tilts today.


Since 1997, teams on Christmas Day playing off back-to-back SU and ATS losses (Los Angeles Lakers), the last as a favorite, are 10-2 SU and 11-1 ATS... including 10-1 SU and 10-0 for teams that are not installed as double-digit dogs.


Now, who said Santa Claus isn’t real?

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