An NBA Christmas

2016/2017 NBA


By Marc Lawrence


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 1990:

Boston Celtics: 2-5 SU and 3-4 ATS and 3-4 O/U

Trending: 1-4 UNDER last five games

Chicago Bulls: 10-2 SU and 8-4 ATS and 3-8-1 O/U

Trending: 1-6-1 UNDER last eight games

Cleveland Cavaliers: 3-3 SU and 3-3 ATS and 1-5 O/U

Trending: 0-5 UNDER last five games

Golden State Warriors: 3-2 SU and 1-4 ATS and 2-3 O/U

Trending: 0-4 ATS last four games

Los Angeles Clippers: 4-4 SU and 4-4 ATS and 3-5 O/U

Trending: 4-1 ATS last five games

Los Angeles Lakers: 7-12 SU and 11-7-1 ATS and 5-12-2 O/U

Trending: 0-7-1 UNDER last eight games

Minnesota Timberwolves: 0-0 SU and 0-0 ATS and 0-0 O/U

Trending: First-ever Christmas day appearance this season

New York Knicks: 3-7 SU and 2-8 ATS and 6-4 O/U

Trending: 0-4 ATS last four games

Oklahoma City Thunder: 4-4 SU and 4-4 ATS and 3-5 O/U

Trending: 4-2 ATS last six games

San Antonio Spurs: 3-5 SU and 3-4-1 ATS and 2-6 O/U

Trending: 0-3 SUATS last three games


Most recent noteworthy trends wrapped inside each Christmas Day game…

Boston vs. New York: Celtics 7-1 SU and 5-3 ATS last eight games in this series / 1-7 SU and 2-6 ATS following Oklahoma City… Knicks 3-0 SUATS last three games on Sundays / 1-9 UNDER last ten home games on Sundays… 5 of the last 6 games in this series have played UNDER the total.

Golden State vs. Cleveland: Cavaliers 8-1 SU last nine games on Sundays / 5-2 SU but 2-5 ATS vs. non-conference foes this season… Warriors 16-8 SU last twenty-four games in this series / 0-4 ATS last four games on Sundays / 3-9 ATS before the Raptors.

Chicago vs. San Antonio: Bulls 5-1 SU last six games on Sundays / 10-3 SU before the Pacers… Spurs host 4-1 ATS last five games in this series / 0-4 UNDER last four games on Sundays.

Minnesota vs. Oklahoma City: Timberwolves 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS following the Kings / 0-3 SUATS vs. division opponents this season / 4-25 SU last twenty-nine games in this series… Thunder 0-3 ATS Sundays vs. division foes / 4-8 ATS before the Heat.

LA Clippers vs. LA Lakers: Clippers 14-1 SU in this series, including 10-0 the last ten / 0-3 SUATS last three games on Sundays / 1-5 ATS following the Mavericks … Lakers 3-25 SU and 6-21-1 ATS vs. .400 or greater foes on Sundays / 2-13 SU before the Jazz.


Christmas Day has not been a gifting experience for NBA’s defending champions.

That’s confirmed by their lousy 6-9 SU and 4-101 ATS overall mark since 1999, including 2-6 SU and 1-6-1 ATS vs. quality foes with a win percentage of .700 or greater.

The Cavaliers will look to add to that number when they host the revenge-minded Warriors at the ‘Q’ this Sunday.


Non-conference games certainly bring the best defensive effort out in teams on Christmas Day.

Of the 22 non-conference clashes played on Dec. 25 since 1991 involving Eastern and Western Conference foes, as these matchups have gone 4-17-1 UNDER.

Watch the intensity in the Bulls-Spurs and the Cavs-Warriors games on Xmas.


Christmas Day underdogs with a win percentage of .740 or more (see the Warriors – check the line) are 1-8 SU and ATS.

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