What to watch for NBA Christmas Day
Celtics v. Knicks- The Knicks are much improved from last year. The addition of Tyson Chandler really helps New York’s defense and should provide an offense punch to go along with Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.
Chicago v. Los Angeles Lakers- The Bulls are young and ready to prove once again that they belong in the championship mix. The Lakers are getting old, with both Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol over 30 years of age. Most importantly, they are without their long time coach Phil Jackson. Look for Chicago to win this one, but don’t underestimate future hall of famer Kobe Bryant.
Orlando v. Oklahoma City- Amidst the Dwight Howard drama, the Magic are trying to prepare for the season ahead. But without Dwight, the Magic are nothing. Expect the Thunder to come out strong, with the new found leadership of Kevin Durant.
Miami v. Dallas- After an off-season that brought in defensive specialist Shane Battier, the Miami Heat are better than ever before. In a rematch of the NBA finals, the Heat should run all over the Mavericks, who lost Tyson Chandler and Caron Butler to free agency.
Los Angeles Clippers v. Warriors- The Clippers have Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. The Warriors have Monta Ellis and David Lee. This game is going to be close. Look for a total offensive battle, with a back and forth scoring affair.
1. Oklahoma City
3. Los Angeles Clippers
4. Los Angeles Lakers
7. San Antonio
Miami Heat over Oklahoma City Thunder