An NBA Christmas

Marc Lawrence | Dec 24, 2012 | ARCHIVE

By Marc Lawrence

From David Stern's book of Christmas…

'Twas the day of Christmas when all through the sport, NBA fans are stirring with no less than five games to sort.  

They speak not a word, and go straight to work.  Looking to stuff their stockings while not coming off like a jerk.

With presents delivered under the Christmas tree.

Here's my gift to you, for all to see.

The Knicks and the Celtics taking off in flight.  Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Past Performances

Here is a breakdown of the ten teams playing on Christmas this season and how they’ve performed on Santa’s day since 1990:

• Boston: 1-5 SU and 2-4 ATS

Trending: underdogs all six games

• Brooklyn: 1-0 SU and 1-0 ATS

Trending: 1-0 OVER

• Chicago: 7-1 SU and 5-3 ATS

Trending: 0-4 UNDER last four

• Denver: 1-2 SU and 1-2 ATS

Trending: 0-2 ATS off ATS win

• Houston: 1-3 SU and 3-1 ATS

Trending: 3-0 ATS last three games

• LA Clippers: 1-3 SU and 1-3 ATS

Trending: 0-3 ATS vs. .500 or greater opponent

• LA Lakers: 6-9 SU and 8-6-1 ATS

Trending: 1-6 UNDER last seven games

• Miami: 6-2 SU and 4-4 ATS

Trending: 1-5 UNDER last six games

• New York: 3-3 SU and 2-4 ATS

Trending: 0-3 ATS vs. sub .550 opponent

• Oklahoma City: 2-2 SU and 2-2 ATS

Trending: 1-3 UNDER

Defending Champion Doldrums

Christmas day has not been a gifting experience for defending champions.

That’s confirmed by their lousy 1-7 SU and 2-5-1 ATS mark when facing .700 or greater opponents, including 0-6 SU and 0-5-1 ATS the last six games.

Oklahoma City will look to add to that number as they head to South Beach with revenge on their minds from last year’s loss in the championship finals to Miami. 

Under Whelming

Non-conference games certainly bring the best defensive effort out in teams on St. Nick’s day.

Eleven of the 13 games played on this day involving Eastern and Western Conference foes have played UNDER the total.

The five games involving a team off loss have all stayed UNDER the total.

Stat Of The Day

NBA teams on Christmas day off a pair of losses are 5-0 ATS versus an opponent off a pair of wins since 1990.