- The Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Lakers Christmas Day game is favored to be the highest-scoring with +180 odds.
- Chris Paul has -105 odds to have the most assist on Christmas.
- Steph Curry has +180 odds to have the most points on Christmas.
LOS ANGELES – This Christmas, bettors can get in the holiday spirit with the best gift there is, betting on the NBA Christmas Day games.
This year will see the Atlanta Hawks face off against the New York Knicks, the Boston Celtics challenge the Milwaukee Bucks, the Golden State Warriors vs. the Phoenix Suns round three, the Brooklyn Nets first look at the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Dallas Mavericks vs. the Utah Jazz.
With so many big-name teams facing off, bettors can expect high-scoring games. The Nets vs. Lakers game is favored to be the most scoring game at legal sports betting sites.
Christmas Day Game With Most Points Odds
- Brooklyn Nets Los Angeles Lakers +180
- Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks +250
- Golden State Warriors vs. Phoenix Suns +350
- Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz +400
- Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks +1000
The Lakers are a top 10 offense and average 109.8 PPG this season. They are also horrendous defensively, with a defensive rating of 107.5 and allowing opponents to score 111.2 PPG.
The Brooklyn Nets average 109.7 PPG and allow 106.3 opponent points with a defensive rating is 106.7.
Both these teams score a lot on any given night and the Nets are slightly better defenders but are also known for giving up a lot of points this season.
With both teams playing hard to one-up one another as a potential NBA Finals preview, fans can expect a big scoring night.
Longshot bettors should also look at the Golden State Warriors vs. Phoenix Suns matchup as both teams are top five offenses. What holds this game back is that both teams are also top five defensively.
But what about the top scorer on Christmas day? Sportsbooks are looking at Warriors MVP Steph Curry to have the biggest night.
Player With Most Points On Christmas Odds
- Stephen Curry +180
- Kevin Durant +200
- Giannis Antetokounmpo +275
- LeBron James +275
- Jayson Tatum +400
- Donovan Mitchell +450
- Luka Doncic +450
- Trae Young +450
Despite Curry being favored at sportsbooks, Kevin Durant should be on NBA betting fans’ radar. KD is leading the league in scoring with 29.7 PPG to Curry’s 27.1 and has the highest-scoring game of the season, 51 against the Detroit Pistons.
KD will be playing the Lakers, a notoriously poor defensive team this season and Steph will be facing off against a Suns team with a defensive rating of 103.4, one of the best in the league.
Trae Young of Atlanta should also be on NBA gamblers’ radar as he is second in the league in scoring with 27.3 PPG and is facing a struggling Knicks team with a defensive rating of 110.6.
Since Christmas is a day of giving, it makes sense that Chris Paul, who is leading the league in assists, is favored to have the most assists on Christmas day.
Player With Most Assists On Christmas Odds
- Chris Paul -105
- James Harden +120
- Trae Young +175
- Luka Doncic +220
- Russell Westbrook +220
- Draymond Green +700
- LeBron James +1000
- Jrue Holiday +1500
Paul averages 10 APG this season and has multiple games recently where he finished with double-digit assists, including 14 against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Paul is averaging 9.5 assists vs. the Warriors this season, hosting 11 and 8 in the two games they faced one another.
Paul is a floor general who is a pass-first point guard, and the only player in the league with a double-digit assist average. Hence why this wager sees such short odds for Paul.
Christmas day tips off with Hawks vs. Knicks at 12 p.m. EST on ESPN, Celtics vs. Bucks at 2:30 p.m on ABC, Warriors at Suns at 5 p.m. EST on ABC, Nets vs. Lakers at 8 p.m. EST on ESPN, and Mavs vs. Jazz at 10:30 p.m. EST on ESPN.
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