NBA Christmas Predictions & Best Bets

Posted: Dec 23, 2022Last updated: Dec 26, 2022

Are you ready for a full day of top-tier NBA action? Ten of the league’s most exciting teams will take the floor in playoff rematches and revived rivalries on Christmas Day.

It’s also a fantastic day for betting, and I’m here to help you win a little extra holiday cash with my best NBA Christmas bets and predictions.

All NBA odds are current as of Thursday, Dec. 22, at 1 p.m. ET, and are courtesy of bet365 Sportsbook.

Best NBA Christmas Odds

Some of the biggest brands in basketball will play on Christmas, including the Lakers and Celtics. Los Angeles’ meeting with the Mavericks looks especially great for betting.

See the full 2022 NBA Christmas Odds here.

76ers vs Knicks Christmas Best Bets

76ers -2 (-110) at bet365 Sportsbook

WAGER: 1 Unit

The NBA Christmas schedule begins with a showdown between Atlantic Division rivals. And although the Knicks have the 1-0 edge in the season series over the 76ers, Philadelphia is the better bet here.

The Sixers were without Joel Embiid and James Harden in their 106-104 loss to New York earlier this season, and with their superstar duo healthy for this matchup, they should be able to earn a comfortable win on the road over the Knicks.

New York has a solid trio in Julius Randle, RJ Barrett, and Jalen Brunson, but Philly’s combination of Embiid, Harden, and Tyrese Maxey is superior in almost every possible way.

Lakers vs Mavericks Christmas Best Bets

Mavericks -7.5 (-110) at bet365 Sportsbook

WAGER: 1 Unit

LeBron James vs Luka Dončić on Christmas. Can it get any better than that?

This is a superstar matchup for the ages, but although James has the edge in accolades, Dončić is the better player right now. And his Mavericks are in a favorable spot here at home.

Dallas has been much better at home compared to on the road this season, and Los Angeles prefers to play in front of its home crowd, as well.

Additionally, I think this game could easily hit the Under. Dallas prefers to play at a slow pace, and with Anthony Davis out, scoring opportunities will be tougher to come by for the Lakers.

Bucks vs Celtics Christmas Best Bets

Celtics -4 (-110) at bet365 Sportsbook

WAGER: 1 Unit

Bucks vs Celtics is easily the highlight of the NBA Christmas schedule. Not only should this be an incredibly competitive contest, but Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jayson Tatum are two of the best players in the game today, and their budding on-court rivalry always produces exciting games.

After splitting the season series in 2021-22, the Celtics beat the Bucks in the second round of the playoffs in seven games. This will be their first meeting since Boston eliminated Milwaukee.

I’m giving the Celtics the edge here on account of their home-court advantage. Boston has lost just five games at TD Garden this season, and Tatum’s squad has reached another level this year.

Grizzlies vs Warriors Christmas Best Bets

Grizzlies -3.5 (-110) at bet365 Sportsbook

WAGER: 1 Unit

Much like the Celtics, the Warriors have been dominant at home this season, losing just two games at Chase Center. This would be a dream NBA Christmas matchup for Golden State, too, because Memphis has a record below .500 in road games.

However, with Stephen Curry slated to miss this contest due to a shoulder injury, it’s hard to trust the Dubs to pull this one out. Golden State has been downright awful with Curry off the floor this season, which is part of the reason why he’s been a legitimate MVP candidate to this point.

As a result, the Grizzlies look like the better bet. Ja Morant has a chance to show up the defending champions on national TV on the NBA’s biggest day of the year, and I believe he’ll take every chance he gets to put the Dubs in the dirt — especially after they eliminated Memphis in the playoffs last year.

Suns vs Nuggets Christmas Best Bets

Over 230.5 Points (-110) at bet365 Sportsbook

WAGER: 1 Unit

There are some massive stars in this game. For Phoenix, there’s Devin Booker and Chris Paul, while Denver rosters the defending MVP in Nikola Jokić.

However, I can’t get a good read on how this contest will end up. Both teams have had trouble with consistency this season, and although the Nuggets have home-court advantage, this team also struggles mightily on the defensive end of the floor, where the Suns excel.

With that in mind, the Over at 230.5 points looks like the best bet here. These superstars won’t be held in check by either defense, providing us with a potential shootout to close out an exciting day of basketball.


Garrett Chorpenning

Garrett Chorpenning is a Digital Content Coordinator for The Game Day. His previous work includes covering the LA Clippers for Sports Illustrated and FanSided.

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