The NBA is offering a star-studded five game slate on Christmas Day including a rematch of the 2016 NBA Finals. Unwrap your presents early for it’s the most dunktastic time of the year.

Here is a betting preview for the NBA Christmas Day games, there are currently no lines available. Note: trends are since 2005. 

Betting Trends

  • Favorites are 21-25 ATS
  • Home underdogs are 7-4 ATS
  • Teams favored by +10 points are 3-3 ATS
  • The Under is 31-14-1

Finals Participants

  • Defending champions are 3-7 straight-up, 2-8 ATS
  • The runner-up is 5-5 straight-up, 6-4 ATS
  • In rematches, the reigning champion is 2-3 straight-up, 1-4 ATS

Team Trends

  • Cleveland has the best straight-up record: 4-1
  • Gregg Popovich has won nearly 70% of the games he has coached but on Christmas he has the worst record in our database: 1-4 straight-up
  • The Clippers and Thunder are the best against-the-spread: 4-2
  • Boston has been a loser on the holiday; the Celtics are 1-5 ATS on Christmas
  • The Lakers are home are 6-2 ATS when Santa comes to town

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TeamStraight-UpAgainst-the-Spread
Boston Celtics2-41-5
Chicago Bulls2-43-3
Cleveland Cavaliers4-13-2
Golden State Warriors3-21-4
Los Angeles Clippers4-24-2
Los Angeles Lakers3-87-4
Oklahoma City Thunder4-24-2
San Antonio Spurs1-41-4