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NBA Christmas Day Betting Primer

NBA action on Christmas Day has been a great tradition for decades, and the 2016 edition features a litany of explosive players, grudge matches and betting angles.

Without question, the most highly anticipated contest of the day is an NBA Finals rematch between LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors. Elsewhere, the Boston Celtics open the slate against the New York Knicks, the Chicago Bulls do battle with the San Antonio Spurs, the Minnesota Timberwolves make their Christmas debut vs the Oklahoma City Thunder and the battle of Tinseltown ends the night when the Clippers clash with the Lakers.

Because we’re in the spirit of giving, we at OddsShark have compiled a comprehensive list of stats, trends and information surrounding how these teams and their players have performed on Christmas Day. If you were nice this year, you can read on. If you were naughty, well, we won’t tell anyone.

Some teams have been great on the big stage, while others have been downright brutal. Take a look for yourself:

NBA Christmas Day Records
TeamSU RecordATS RecordOVER/UNDER Record
Boston Celtics2-43-32-4
New York Knicks3-62-75-3-1
Chicago Bulls8-26-42-7-1
San Antonio Spurs2-53-42-5
Los Angeles Clippers4-24-23-3
Los Angeles Lakers6-1210-85-11-2
Golden State Warriors3-21-42-3
Cleveland Cavaliers3-33-31-5
Oklahoma City Thunder4-44-43-5
Minnesota TimberwolvesNoneNoneNone

Key player stats

When it comes to playing with the eyes of the nation squared solely upon them, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant reign supreme. Melo is averaging 34.3 points, three assists and 6.8 rebounds on December 25, while Durant is at 31.4 points, five assists and 6.8 boards.

This year's holiday affair will have a different look, as Durant makes his first Christmas appearance in a Warriors uniform. Russell Westbrook has been going beast mode all year, and the Thunder have proved the schedule makers right by choosing to select them again. Westbrook is averaging 21.3 points, seven assists and 7.5 rebounds.

NBA Christmas Day Player Stats
LeBron JamesAveraging 26.2 points, 7.3 assists and 7.2 rebounds on Christmas Day.
Kyrie IrvingAveraging 19 points, 2.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds on Christmas Day.
Derrick RoseAveraging 21.5 points, 5 assists and 3.5 rebounds on Christmas Day.
Kevin DurantAveraging 31.4 points, 5 assists and 6.8 rebounds on Christmas Day.
Russell WestbrookAveraging 21.3 points, 7 assists and 7.5 rebounds on Christmas Day.
Stephen CurryAveraging 11.2 points, 8 assists and 6.2 rebounds on Christmas Day.
Dwyane WadeAveraging 25.6 points, 6.1 assists and 6 rebounds on Christmas Day.
Chris PaulAveraging 19.5 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds on Christmas Day.
Blake GriffinAveraging 17.2 points, 5 assists and 10.8 rebounds on Christmas Day.
Carmelo AnthonyAveraging 34.3 points, 3 assists and 6.8 rebounds on Christmas Day.

Betting Outlook

Who wouldn’t want to be home on Christmas Day? Since the inception of the December 25 games in the 1993-94 campaign, home sides have been producing at a high rate (43-27 SU). It’s more even at the betting window, however, as home teams are 32-38 ATS during that span.

Many of us (myself included) tend to overindulge over the holidays, and it appears that overeating and too much eggnog have translated into low-scoring Christmas games. The OVER/UNDER has gone 26-39-5 in every combined contest.

Last year, every game went below the closing total.

What’s a good holiday tradition without some sports wagering? Head on over to Bovada for all your betting needs.

Merry Christmas, everyone. Enjoy the hoops.