Boston Celtics (13-13) @ Brooklyn Nets (14-12)
Time: 12:00 p.m. EST
Line: Brooklyn (-3.5)
Both teams enter Christmas Day on a downward spirals. Boston finds itself still in the process of establishing a consistent rotation and 1-4 in their last five games. Meanwhile, the Nets are the owners of a 3-8 record in December. That said, the leadoff game of a quintuple header is star player-laden. The last time these two teams squared off in Beantown Rajon Rondo’s double-digit assist streak came to a halt after after confronting Kris Humphries for what he perceived to be a bush league foul on Kevin Garnett. And Paul Pierce did a face dive all thanks to Smokin’ Joe Johnson. Expect no love to be lost, especially with the entire country having one eye on gifts and the other on halfcourt.
Must-See TV: Deron Williams (23 pts, 10 asts, 6 rebs, 3 stls) vs. Rajon Rondo (16 pts, 19 asts, 12 rebounds, 3 stls). And, of course, the obligatory Jay-Z and Beyonce sighting with the outside possibility of them even bringing Blue Ivy. I’ll have to check Vegas and see what the line is on that.