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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This is a 1* Free Play on the Wizards.
It looks like a good spot to pull the trigger on the home side here, as Denver comes into this one disheartened after falling 116-111 in Brooklyn just last night. Washington should be the much “hungrier” side this evening as it’s dropped three of its last four, including a listless 124-116 setback to Orlando at home last time out. Also note that Denver is just 8-11 ATS in its last 19 as an underdog, while Washington is 3-1 ATS in its last four as a home fav in the 3.5 to six points range. Consider laying the points on the WIZARDS.