NBA Christmas Day: Celtics vs Bucks live updates, odds, schedule, TV channel

By Athletic NBA staff

December 25, 2021 at 3:11 p.m. is

Despite the recent COVID-19 outbreaks around the NBA, the Christmas calendar remains intact and we’ve got you covered.

The live experience will follow the coverage of athleticism and more. Here’s the full NBA Christmas Day slate:

Atlanta to New York, noon (ET)

Television: ESPN | Odds | The score of the box

Boston at Milwaukee, 2:30 p.m. ET

Television: ABC | Odds | The score of the box

Golden State at Phoenix, 5 p.m. ET

Television: ABC | Odds | The score of the box

Brooklyn at Los Angeles, 8 p.m. ET

Television: ESPN | Odds | The score of the box

Dallas at Utah, 10:30 p.m. ET

Television: ESPN | Odds | The score of the box

The action begins at Madison Square Garden with a rematch in the first round of the Eastern Conference between the Atlanta Hawks and the New York Knicks. The last playoffs, the Hawks proved too much for the Knicks to handle, winning their first-round series, 4-1. The Knicks should be more than motivated to redeem themselves against the team that ended their 2020-21 season.

Next, the Boston Celtics will visit the Milwaukee Bucks at the Fiserv Forum. The Celtics have the defending champion number this season, winning both of their clashes against the Bucks. These two teams boast of powerful offensives, despite the number of injuries.

The Golden State Warriors and the Phoenix Suns have dominated all season, representing the two best records in the league. Devin Booker recently returned from a hamstring injury after missing seven games, although Phoenix maintained their championship level in Booker’s absence, winning five of the seven games. While it won’t be Klay Thompson’s long-awaited return as many had hoped, the Warriors seem more confident than ever with Stephen Curry at the helm. Phoenix won the first meeting between these teams this season; Golden State won the second.

In prime time, the Brooklyn Nets take on the Los Angeles Lakers in the newly renamed Arena. Arguably, the two most star-studded teams in the league face off in what many expect to be a potential clash for the 2021-22 NBA Finals. With both teams grappling with injuries and COVID-19 like most of the league, the showdown should always be one of the most anticipated duels of the day.

Finally, the Dallas Mavericks go to the Vivint Arena to face the Utah Jazz. The Jazz are currently just behind the Suns and Warriors in the Western Conference standings, while the Mavericks are struggling to move away from the bottom half.

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