One of the best betting days of the year comes on Christmas Day. The NBA has five matchups you can get action on, which will all feature great matchups starting at noon ET. There is a lot of value across the board, and with the NBA season just underway, it allows taking advantage of lines that the public is overreacting to. Here are the best NBA Christmas Day bets.
Christmas Day Odds
New Orleans Pelicans @ Miami Heat (-5.5) O/U 229
Golden State Warriors @ Milwaukee Bucks (-9) O/U 233.5
Brooklyn Nets (-2) @ Boston Celtics O/U 227
Dallas Mavericks @ Los Angeles Lakers (-6.5) O/U 230
Los Angeles Clippers (-1) @ Denver Nuggets O/U 222
Warriors/Bucks Under 233.5
The Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks are game two of the Christmas Day slate. Unders have been a trend in recent years with the early slate of matchups, and it should happen again in this matchup. 233.5 is too many points, even with these prolific offenses.
With the Warriors getting blown out in Brooklyn on opening night, I expect a much tougher Warriors team in their second game. The Bucks are also dealing with a lot of roster turnover from last year. The team lost Kris Middleton, Kyle Korver, and George Hill. The team did bring in Jrue Holiday, Bobby Portis, and DJ Augustin to help with depth.
Seeing how this Bucks team does with turnover in a primetime game facing the Warriors will be interesting to watch. Golden State has new players that the team is trying to work out. Even with a healthy Steph Curry and bringing in Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre, it still might not be enough firepower to take on some of the league’s best teams.
This should be a lower scoring matchup with some potential slopiness playing early on in the season.
Nuggets ML -100
The last time we saw the Clippers and Nuggets square off was when Denver comeback from 3-1 in the Western Conference Semi-Finals. There were many jokes and embarrassment on the Clippers, but it is a new season, and Los Angeles will want to erase what happened back in September.
The biggest thing that helped the Nuggets knocked off the Clippers was their defensive matchups against Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee were huge boosts on the ball’s defensive side and are no longer with the Nuggets.
This could be a huge boost for the Clippers, but they will still need to figure out a way to stop Nikola Jokic in the post. Denver is going to be running its offense through Jokic, and rightfully so. The Nuggets inside-out game was lethal the last time these two squared off.
With Jokic drawing a lot of defenders around him, this opens up Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. on the perimeter. The Nuggets need to have this same success Christmas night if they want to knock off the Clippers.
Los Angeles is coming off a big opening night win over the Lakers, and it could be an overreaction to what everyone saw opening night. I think Denver gets a win here.