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We have a fantastic NBA slate on Christmas day. What are the best bets? Matt McCuen takes a look.

NBA Christmas Predictions: 3 Best Bets of the Day

It is officially Christmas Day, which means we have a full slate of the NBA. First of all, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays season!

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The thing that makes Christmas even better is making all the money you spent on the gifts this year back, and that is what we will do here today.

New York Knicks vs. Atlanta Hawks Pick

The first pick I want to get into will be a battle between the Atlanta Hawks and the New York Knicks. The Hawks are coming off an impressive road win over the 76ers as they were missing most of their roster. Meanwhile, the Knicks took a tough home loss to the Washington Wizards, but they did see one of the best individual performances of the season as guard Kemba Walker went for 40+ plus in the loss.

I am backing the Knicks here at home tomorrow as I believe they will be able to get out to a hot start against this depleted Hawks roster. The Hawks have been missing their top scorer and playmaker in Trae Young and also their top rim protector and best rebounder in Clint Capela. This is a great bounce-back spot for the Knicks on their home court, and I believe they do take care of business against the Hawks early.

  • Pick: Knicks 1H -3 (-110)

Click here for Knicks vs. Hawks odds

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics Pick

I am turning to the second play a matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks started the season pretty underwhelming, but they have been able to turn the corner heavily because of the health of the team returning to normal. Giannis will return for the Christmas day special against this Celtics team who also has seen COVID and injuries affect their season, but they will have stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

The Bucks, when fully healthy, have been close to unbeatable, and they will have Giannis, Middleton and Holiday for this Christmas day game. The Bucks overall here match up pretty well across the board with the Celtics a team who struggles to play big at times. The Bucks roster runs deep, and they will be able to balance out any rotations Boston throws their way. I will take the Bucks here to get it done on the full game spread at minus four and a half. The firepower of this team is too good, and the Boston bench will continue to struggle in this game. Give me the home favorite here, and let's cash in another one.

  • Pick: Bucks -4.5 (-110)

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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Brooklyn Nets Pick

In the night's final play, I am looking at a matchup between the LA Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets. These two teams are perhaps the most high-profile teams coming into the NBA season, each with very high expectations. The Nets have seen themselves have a great start to their season despite not having star guard Kyrie Irving or Joe Harris, who went down with an injury early for the majority of the year. The Lakers have struggled to start the season playing around the 500 mark all year, and the next few weeks will be without star big Anthony Davis.

The Lakers have struggled to find a flow shooting the basketball and will need to heat up the rest of the season. A bright spot for the Lakers has been star Lebron James, who has been unreal in the last few games.

I am fading the world here and will be backing the Lakers in this game on Christmas night. Kevin Durant will not play in this game, and I do not believe the Nets roster is deep enough to win this game without KD. I will gladly take the slight home dog in this game and cash in another one!

  • Pick: Lakers ML (-105)

Click here for complete Lakers vs. Nets odds

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.


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