Christmas means different things to different people. But for most, when they think about the holiday, they think family, presents, ham, egg nog, Christmas carols and that sort of thing. But for basketball fans, Christmas has meant great NBA games. This year is no different, when it comes to basketball. But this year there will be something for other sports fans out there to enjoy, namely two key NFL games.
With so many sporting events along with all the other things you want to to during the holiday (like spending time with your family), you’re going to have to prioritize. We’re here to help. Here are all the games on tomorrow, ranked best to worst:
1. Golden State Warriors (27-4) at Cleveland Cavaliers (22-6) (2:30 ET, ABC)
The 2016 NBA Finals rematch. Also it’s the 2015 NBA Finals rematch. And it’s most likely the future 2017 NBA Finals matchup. These two teams are clearly the best in their respective conferences and after two consecutive Finals matchups, filled with drama and controversy, it’s safe to say they don’t like each other too much. Both teams will bring their A game and it should be a lot of fun. This is the game tomorrow you want to schedule around.
2. Baltimore Ravens (8-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5)
(4:30 ET, NFL Network)
This is effectively the AFC North division championship game. Doesn’t it seem to always come down to these two teams? While the Steelers are probably the better team, the Ravens always play them close and I expect the same tomorrow.
3. Boston Celtics (17-13) at New York Knicks (16-13)
(12:00 ET, ESPN)
Boston vs. New York. Always an intriguing matchup in any sport (let’s ignore that Jets Patriots game today). While these two teams aren’t title contenders, they’re solid and evenly matched. It’s also a great chance to see two of the most unique players in the game, the Knicks 7-footer Kristaps Porzingis and the Celtics sub 6-footer Isaiah Thomas.
4. Denver Broncos (8-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (10-4)
(8:30 ET, NBC)
When these two teams saw each other a few weeks back we got one of the best games of the year. The Broncos are facing elimination and will be desperate this time. I don’t think anyone would want to face that Denver defense when backed into a corner. The Chiefs have the edge at home but the Broncos are going to make them earn it.
5. Minnesota Timberwolves (9-20) at Oklahoma City Thunder (18-12)
(8:00 ET, ESPN)
The Timberwolves have been massively disappointing but all that young talent is still there and can be fun to watch. On the other side is Russell Westbrook who is currently averaging a triple double. While Westbrook is amazing, he can play a little out of control. With this Christmas day game, he’ll probably be even crazier than he usually is. Should be entertaining at least.
6. Los Angeles Clippers (22-9) at Los Angeles Lakers (11-22) (10:30 ET, ESPN)
The battle for LA has lost some of its intrigue with the Lakers recent struggles and the Clippers injury situation. Blake Griffin is definitely out and there’s a good chance the Clippers other big star, point guard Chris Paul, will be missing as well. The silver lining is that the game should be more competitive now. Not worth staying up if you’re not on the West Coast.
7. Chicago Bulls (14-15) at San Antonio Spurs (24-6)
(5:00 ET, ABC)
The Bulls aren’t that good and they’re not that fun to watch either. Maybe before the season this looked like a great matchup but not anymore. What’s the big story-line? Pau Gasol takes on his former team. You shouldn’t skip your Christmas dinner for this one.
8. Diamond Head Classic Finals
San Diego State (7-4) Vs. San Francisco (10-2)
(8:00 ET, ESPN2)
Bet you didn’t know about this one. If you’re a huge college basketball fan maybe you’ll consider watching. San Diego State is a decent program and San Francisco has had a nice to start to the season including an upset over Utah this week. Maybe they’ll find themselves in the NCAA tournament at the end of the year.