The 2010 Christmas Day NBA schedule is packed with great games again, providing an alternative to terrible football. The 2010 Christmas Day NBA schedule is almost as good as it was last year, providing five games that are spaced out so that fans can watch all of them with very little trouble.
ESPN and ABC will switch off Saturday, Dec. 25, with games beginning at noon ET and extending all the way to 10:30 p.m. PT. For viewers on the West Coast, that means NBA action will tip off at 9 a.m. PT, giving a great morning alternative to the other sports programming being offered.
The 2010 NFL Christmas Day game is Dallas vs. Arizona, a game that might have looked good on the schedule in the preseason, but which has become a game between two franchises in complete disarray. Airing it on the NFL Network also cuts down on the number of viewers who can watch these 4-10 and 5-9 teams battle it out.
As for the NBA teams playing on Christmas Day, what most would consider the best teams in the league will all be taking to their respective courts. Five of the six first-place teams will be playing, with the only exception being the hot San Antonio Spurs, who now lead the Western Conferences Southwest division. Instead, fans will have to settle for the Orlando Magic, which is not a bad trade-off after all the recent trades.
There are quite a few great games on the Christmas schedule, but two really stand out as the premiere match-ups of the day. At 2:30 p.m. ET on ABC, they will have Boston vs. Orlando in a battle between two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Both were thought to be contenders to make it back to the NBA Finals this year, and with recent acquisitions by both teams, this could be a great game.
The best game of the night will probably be the Miami vs. Los Angeles Lakers game at 5 p.m. ET on ABC. It is the first time this new-look Miami Heat roster will match up against the defending NBA champions, and having Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant all on the same court should really create a great highlight reel for this game. Having two teams with nearly identical records (Heat: 21-9; Lakers: 21-8) just raises the level of competitive action we should see.
Let’s not forget that the day starts with Chicago vs. New York at Madison Square Garden, and that we also get to see Denver vs. Oklahoma City in a battle of Northwest division foes. That will all lead up to the finale of Portland vs. Golden State in a West Coast battle of offenses to end the night. That game will be broadcast at 10:30 p.m. ET, and should show off a very interesting Warriors team on offense.
With the NFL completely letting down its fans this year, the NBA may be able to step in and completely steal the Christmas Day spotlight when it comes to sporting events. The NBA is in action all day this year, and these could end up being some of the best games that we see all year on ABC or ESPN.
Full Christmas Day 2010 NBA Schedule
Noon ET – Chicago vs. New York on ESPN
2:30 p.m. ET – Boston vs. Orlando on ABC
5 p.m. ET – Miami vs. Los Angeles Lakers on ABC
8 p.m. ET – Denver vs. Oklahoma City on ESPN
10:30 p.m. ET – Portland vs. Golden State on ESPN