Christmas Day is one of the most important days on the NBA’s regular schedule, a fact that remains true in the 2021-22 season.
This year’s Christmas Day fixture list includes five matches featuring the league’s brightest and youngest stars as well as some must-see matches between the opponents.
The NBA will host five games on Christmas Day (Saturday, December 25) for the 14th year in a row, with ESPN or ABC televised for each game. pic.twitter.com/IEvOgFkXCQ
– NBA Communications (@NBAPR) August 17, 2021
What are the 2021 NBA Christmas Day games?
The schedule for Christmas Day 2021 is as follows:
- Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks, 12:00 p.m. ET
- Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks, 2:30 p.m. ET
- Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns, 5:00 p.m. ET
- Brooklyn Nets at the Los Angeles Lakers, 8:00 p.m. ET
- Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz, 10:30 p.m. ET
Who doesn’t love a playoff rematch? After knocking out the Knicks in five games in the opening round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs, Trae Young and the Hawks returned to Madison Square Garden. Atlanta will play on Christmas Day for the first time since 1989 while New York returns to the Christmas stage for the first time since 2018.
The defending Bucks champion will take center stage in the second game of the day, when trio Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton take on Celtics duo Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.
For the first time since 2009, Suns will broadcast over Christmas. Led by the back lane duo of Chris Paul and Devin Booker, the 2021 Western Conference Champs serves as the host for the Warriors, who are eager to return to prominence in the West after the forward duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who is working to return to the floor after missing the entire previous two seasons.
Perhaps the most anticipated meeting of the day will be when the Lakers meet the Nets, a potential showcase of two of the league’s most talented Big Threes. LA’s newly formed trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook will reprise the roles of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving of Brooklyn.
To cap off the day of action, Luka Doncic and the Mavericks head to Salt Lake City to take on Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, and the Jazz. In Doncic and Mitchell you have two of the league’s brightest young stars, while Gobert bolsters the elite defense of a team that finished with the league’s best in the 2020-21 season. .
On which channel are the NBA’s Christmas holiday games in 2021?
Five games are split between ESPN and ABC. All times below are in Eastern Standard Time.
|12 pm||Hawks at Knicks||ESPN|
|2:30 pm||Bucks at Celtics||ABC|
|05:00||Warriors at Suns||ABC|
|20:00||Nets at the Lakers||ESPN|
|10:30pm||Mavericks at Jazz||ESPN|
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