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NBA Christmas DFS ThriveFantasy Picks | Daily Fantasy Basketball Xmas Lineup

Gio AnnatelliDigital Content Coordinator
Posted: Dec 20, 2021Last updated: Dec 26, 2021

Want some excitement this Christmas? Play NBA Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) this Saturday and enjoy the holiday games even more with your family.

If you’re looking for a way to combine the fun of betting and fantasy basketball, ThriveFantasy may be the perfect site for you. ThriveFantasy provides an alternative to DFS compared to your standard salary cap formats.

ThriveFantasy caters to everyone, especially new users. This DFS site focuses on player props using the top-tier players throughout the major sports markets. There is no need to spend hours researching, as all you need to know is the top players and their everyday stats.

The traditional game on ThriveFantasy has you picking 12 players (10 starters, 2 reserves in case any of the 10 can’t suit up) from a 20 player pool. Once you choose the contest, game type, and build your lineup, you accumulate points by correctly choosing the right side of the prop bet assigned to your player.

Another unique game on ThriveFantasy is called “Versus," where users can pick who between two players will total more of a specific stat.

Now that you understand how ThriveFantasy works, let’s get into the DFS basketball predictions for this year’s NBA Christmas games!

Prop stats information for NBA DFS Christmas picks are current as of Wednesday, December 22, at 12:00 p.m. ET.

NBA DFS Christmas Day: ThriveFantasy Picks

  • Pick 10 out of the 20 player options.
  • The less probable the prop is to occur, the more points you receive if you choose correctly! Athletes must play to qualify.
  • 1st Place wins $2,500
  • $20 entry fee.

Julius Randle, New York Knicks vs. Atlanta Hawks

OVER 4.5 Assists

Though Julius Randle has regressed this season after winning the NBA’s Most Improved Player award last year, Randle has still been good facilitator for the Knicks. Immanuel Quickley has entered protocol and Derrick Rose just had ankle surgery, so New York will need to rely on Randle more.


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This 4.5 mark is very achievable for Randle. He’s gotten more than 4.5 assists in 18 games this season, along with averaging 5.2 per game.

As I’ve already mentioned, New York will be without some key facilitators, so look for Randle to make an impact.

Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics @ Milwaukee Bucks

OVER 26.5 Points + Rebounds

Since returning to the lineup after missing a good chunk of the season so far, Jaylen Brown has been performing extremely well for the Celtics. Last time against the Bucks, Brown scored 19 points and had 4 rebounds, along with shooting over 40 percent from the field.

Boston has been depleted with a lot of names out on protocol, so the Celtics will need Brown to step up. Brown has gone over this mark in half his games this season, and he’s averaging 27.7 points and rebounds per game.

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors @ Phoenix Suns

OVER 25.5 Points

Stephen Curry is the leading candidate for the NBA MVP award and the Warriors are having an incredible season. Golden State is the No. 1 seed in the West, while Curry became the all-time three-point leader in NBA history. Curry has hit this Over 14 times this season, including the past two games.

Though the Suns held Curry to 23 and 12 points in their previous two meetings, I don’t see Curry letting Phoenix do that again. Curry is in the top 15 in field goals made and attempted, along with being the league leader in three-pointers made and attempted.

The volume that Curry shoots at should put him in a great position to score 26 or more points.


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LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers vs Brooklyn Nets

UNDER 45.5 Points + Rebounds + Assists

In a shocking turn of events, LeBron James, the best basketball player on the planet, is the only Under I have. The 45.5 total ThriveFantasy has is just too high for me.

LeBron is averaging 26.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 6.6 assists, putting his combined total at 39.6 on the year. He’s only hit Over this total in six games this season, as the Lakers don’t need LeBron to do everything to be successful.

Los Angeles, however, hasn’t been successful this season, as they’re 16-16 and 6th in the Western Conference standings. On the other side, the Nets are the No. 1 team in the East. Look for Brooklyn to keep LeBron under control.

Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks

OVER 13.5 Rebounds

This is probably the biggest lock we have on the list. Rudy Gobert is averaging a league-leading 15 rebounds per game, which goes over his projected total.

Gobert is the main reason why the Jazz lead the NBA in rebounding, as he’s gone over this mark in 19 contests this season.

The Mavericks are 25th in the league in rebounding, which bodes well for Gobert. His main competition down low is Kristaps Porziņgis, whom Gobert should have no problem dealing with.

Thanks for reading our NBA Christmas DFS Picks! For more NBA fantasy tips, check out our NBA Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups.

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Gio Annatelli

Gio Annatelli is a Digital Content Coordinator with The Game Day, writing and editing sports articles for the web. He is seasoned in sports, having covered and written for teams such as the New York Giants, New York Jets, and New York Islanders. Gio graduated from Hofstra University where he got his Bachelor's degree in Journalism. You can almost guarantee he's betting on a parlay.

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