They might not exactly fit under the tree, but basketball fans get the ultimate gift of five NBA games on Christmas Day.

Arguably the biggest day of the NBA season, this year’s Christmas Day slate has everything you could think of. The day opens up with an NBA Playoff rematch, followed by a three-game stretch in which a total of six former league MVPs could suit up.

To close the night, a potential future MVP takes the floor to take on one of the Western Conference’s best teams.

Below, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about NBA Christmas Day 2021, from where and how to watch to the injury report, Christmas Day records and the uniforms that each team will suit up in.

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2021 NBA Christmas Day schedule

Time (ET)MatchupLocation
12:00 PMHawks vs. KnicksMadison Square Garden
2:30 PMCeltics vs. BucksFiserv Forum
5:00 PMWarriors vs. SunsFootprint Center
8:00 PMNets vs. Arena
10:30 PMMavericks vs. JazzVivint Arena

How to watch 2021 NBA Christmas Day games

Which stars will play on Christmas Day 2021?

In the days leading into Christmas, the day-to-day operation of the league had been greatly impacted by injuries and the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Below, find an updated list of key players affected and their status for Christmas Day.

Atlanta HawksTrae Young Health and Safety Protocols
 Clint Capela Health and Safety Protocols
 Danilo Gallinari  Health and Safety Protocols
New York KnicksImmanuel Quickley Health and Safety Protocols 
 Nerlens Noel Health and Safety Protocols
Boston CelticsAl Horford Health and Safety Protocols
 Enes Kanter Freedom Health and Safety Protocols
 Grant Williams Health and Safety Protocols
Milwaukee BucksGiannis Antetokounmpo Health and Safety Protocols
 Donte DiVincenzo Health and Safety Protocols
 Bobby Portis Health and Safety Protocols
Golden State WarriorsJordan Poole Health and Safety Protocols
 Andrew Wiggins Health and Safety Protocols
 Klay ThompsonOutRight Achilles Tendon Injury Recovery
 James WisemanOutRight Knee Injury Recovery
Brooklyn NetsLaMarcus Aldridge Health and Safety Protocols
 Kevin Durant Health and Safety Protocols
 Bruce Brown Health and Safety Protocols
 Joe HarrisOutRight Ankle Surgery
 Kyrie Irving Health and Safety Protocols
Los Angeles LakersAnthony DavisOutSprained Left MCL
 Avery Bradley Health and Safety Protocols
 Austin Reaves Health and Safety Protocols
 Kent Bazemore Health and Safety Protocols
Dallas MavericksLuka Doncic Health and Safety Protocols

NBA Christmas Day records

In 2021, LeBron James will tie Kobe Bryant for most games played on Christmas Day with 16.

James also enters Christmas Day 12 points shy of tying Bryant for most points scored on the holiday and 13 points away from becoming the all-time leader.

Below, see single-game and all-time records for games played on Christmas Day.

 Single gameAll-time
Points60 – Bernard King, 1984395 – Kobe Bryant (16 games)
Rebounds36 – Wilt Chamberlain, 1961176 – Bill Russell (8 games)
Assists18 – Nate Archibald, 1972144 – Oscar Robertson (12 games)
Steals7 – Kyrie Irving, 201628 – Russell Westbrook (10 games)
Blocks8 – DeAndre Jordan, 201125 – Shaquille O’Neal (13 games)
3-pointers7 – Three times25 – K. Durant (10 games) and L. James (15 games)
Free Throws22 – Bernard King, 1984125 – Oscar Robertson (12 games)

2021 Christmas Day uniforms

While special Christmas uniforms have not been worn since 2016, most teams in action in 2021 will wear their “City Edition” uniforms. The two exceptions? The Warriors, whose City uniforms are the same color as their opponents’, and the Lakers, who traditionally wear their Association whites on Sundays and holidays.

Hawks (City) vs. Knicks (City)


Celtics (City) vs. Bucks (City)


Warriors (Association) vs. Suns (City)

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Nets (City) vs. Lakers (Association)

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Mavericks (City) vs. Jazz (City)