Christmas Day serves as one of the marquee moments of the NBA regular season schedule.
Every year, the league’s best teams and biggest superstars battle it out on the Christmas Day stage and this year is no exception.
With a lengthy list of star players like Trae Young, Jayson Tatum, Giannis Antetokounmo, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Stephen Curry, Devin Booker, Chris Paul, Luka Doncic and Donovan Mitchell set to take the floor, you won’t want to miss a second of the action.
Below, you can find tip-off times and how to watch each NBA Christmas Day game.
What time are the NBA Christmas Day games?
Knicks vs. Hawks
Time: 12:00 PM ET | 9:00 AM PT
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Young returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time since the 2021 NBA Playoffs, where he became one of New York’s most hated villains.
Bucks vs. Celtics
Time: 2:30 PM ET | 11:30 AM PT
Location: FiservForum, Milwaukee, WI
The Bucks and the Celtics have had some battles in recent years and on the Christmas Day stage, don’t expect anything different. Just two weeks ago, Tatum went for a season-high 42 points against Milwaukee, so Antetokounmpo will be looking for revenge.
Suns vs. Warriors
Time: 5:00 PM ET | 2:00 PM PT
Location: Footprint Center, Phoenix, AZ
The Suns and Warriors have been the two best teams in the NBA all season and on the league’s brightest regular season stage, we’ll get to see them go head-to-head for the third time after splitting the season-series to this point. Stephen Curry and Draymond Green against Chris Paul, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton… you won’t want to miss this.
Lakers vs. Nets
Time: 8:00 PM ET | 5:00 PM PT
Location: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
The main event. LeBron versus KD. Russ and AD versus Harden. Many anticipated this being a potential NBA Finals preview at the start of the season and although things haven’t gone to plan for the Lakers just yet, there is no shortage of star power here.
Jazz vs. Mavericks
Time: 10:30 PM ET | 7:30 PM PT
Location: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
The nightcap is worth staying up for. Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis take on Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. Two of the league’s most electrifying scorers and two of the league’s best shot-blocking big men. This has all the makings of a potential playoff matchup down the line.
NBA schedule for 2021-22
After a truncated season in 2020-21, the NBA has returned to its standard 82-game format for the 2021-22 campaign, which is the league’s 75th anniversary season.
Here are some key dates for the 2021-22 NBA season:
- Trade Deadline: Feb. 10
- NBA All-Star 2022: Feb. 18-20
- Regular season concludes: April 10
- Play-In Tournament: April 12-15
- Playoffs begin: April 16
- NBA Finals begin: June 2
- 2022 NBA Draft: June 23