Thursday, February 2

NBA Christmas Day: Knicks, Celtics, Lakers, Warriors and more, all wrapped up in a holiday gift

Christmas is here, and we know what that means: Five NBA games for all manner of screens.

So many stars, rivalry matchups and intrigue — let’s board the sled for a zip ’round the league. 

We start at noon in the East with Philly and the Knicks — the over-.500 Knicks, who’ve stopped laying bricks.

They host a tough Sixers team inside The Garden, led by Joel Embiid and the beard, James Harden.

Embiid, at 33 points a game, leads the league, but Spike Lee hopes the Knicks’ D has a trick up its sleeve.

New York has Jalen Brunson frothing the crowd, and Julius Randle putbacks will make that crowd loud.

At 2:30 Eastern, we move up the coast — its Mavericks versus Lakers, as Dallas plays host.

Two of the game’s best stars, this is must-see TV: LeBron James and Luka Doncic dueling from three.

On top of their scoring, their passing is sublime. A full-court toss! A no-look pass! Wow, what a dime!

Three players are all-time triple-double top 10. Russell Westbrook leads all. Can he do it again?

We move up to Boston for Bucks-Celtics at 5. A clash between the last two East champs, who’ll survive?

Giannis Antetokounmpo stars for Milwaukee. He blocks, runs and dunks! Man, what did I just see?

His foe, MVP candidate Jayson Tatum. His game is so smooth, there’s no way you can hate him.

Half of a great backcourt, he teams with Jaylen Brown, and as a squad, the C’s are second from downtown.

What’s next? Primetime! Grizzlies-Warriors tips at 8. There’s no Steph Curry, but this game should still be great.

Behind Ja Morant, Memphis is first and thriving. Avenging their playoff loss has this team striving.

Defending champs, Golden State, play better at home. Dub Nation needs its shooters to be in the zone.

San Francisco will host the first of four meetings, and with Ja’s comments, it should be quite a greeting.

It’s 10:30 p.m., the day’s last NBA stanza: Suns and Nuggets, always a West Coast bonanza.

Will Devin Booker play? Well, that’s the big question. He’s had a sore hammy — perhaps Phoenix rests him?

Let’s talk about Denver, how the hosts play ball. First in the West, finally healthy and standing tall.

Nikola Jokic is reigning two-time MVP. Could a triple-double year make it MVP three?

So after a morning of gifts and watching Yule logs, visit our NBA links, and all our live blogs.

We’ll have coast-to-coast coverage, so many reports.

And Merry Christmas to all, from CBS Sports!

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