Merry Christmas to all and to all an awesome NBA holiday offering. With five games on tap for today starting at noon, many basketball nerds like myself will be fixated on televisions for nearly 12 hours with some family time sprinkled in between (I kid, somewhat). Stop by occasionally throughout the day to offer your thoughts on the day’s proceedings whether it be a potential Rondo or LeBron triple double, Carmelo/KD/Kobe going for 40+ or Blake Griffin putting an innocent Nugget on a poster.
Each game comes with a preview, betting line for those participating in the always entertaining Christmas Day wagers with a drunk uncle and/or cousin and a must-see individual matchup with a predicted stat line. Those numbers will more than likely prove to be anything but accurate, but they’re icebreakers nonetheless. Again, Merry Christmas to everyone out there. Enjoy this day with your loved ones and be sure to tell the family Tins says hello.
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.