An NBA Christmas
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!
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.
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.
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1* Kansas City (7:05 ET): The Royals dropped their final two games in Cleveland, including a 5-1 loss Thursday afternoon. The Tribe scored all five of its runs in one inning (the 5th) and offensively KC had no answer for Corey Kluber. But tonight they get to face a struggling starter (and former Indian!) Ubaldo Jiminez, who has an 0-4 TSR thanks to a 6.75 ERA and 1.875 WHIP to this point. They should have far more success at the plate tonight as they open up a three-game set at Camden Yards.
Baltimore won 11-4 yesterday in Toronto, scoring double digit runs for a second straight game. Offense is the Orioles' strength, but I see them getting slowed down here by Royals starter Yordano Ventura, who had been outstanding in two starts before running into Minnesota last time out. For all the alleged offensive prowess, the O's are averaging just 2.7 runs per game at home this year. Look for them to drop the series opener. 1* Kansas City.