NBA Christmas Day games 2021: Schedule and how to watch in Australia
For us, one of the best parts of Christmas is the huge range of sports on offer and this year's NBA Christmas Day games are no exception.
Kicking off in 1947 with 3 games, including a clash between the New York Knicks and the Providence Steamrollers at Madison Square Garden (the Knicks won), NBA Christmas Day games have featured some of the most memorable in the league's history.
This year should be no different with 5 great games on offer (see below). Christmas Day games have been played every year except 1998 – due to the NBA lockout – with home teams winning 142–75. That's a far greater winning percentage than the overall NBA season, proving there's no place like home at Christmas time.
How to watch NBA Christmas Day games in Australia
You have a few options for watching these massive Christmas Day games in Australia. Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now, Kayo Sports and Fetch TV are viewing options. Another solid choice is NBA League Pass, which shows every game live this season. We have a full viewing guide for the NBA here for you.
Watch NBA Christmas Day games on Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports is the place to be for all your NBA action this Christmas. It broadcasts around 7 live NBA games per week throughout the 2021/22 season. Christmas time will be no different with all 5 matches broadcast, plus the very best analysis and all-around coverage from the game's biggest names, including the Live NBA Countdown with Stephen A. Smith.
Kayo Sports can be accessed through its website, Android and iOS devices, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast or AirPlay.
New users can watch it all for no cost using Kayo's 14-day free trial. Then it is $25 a month with no contract for the Basic subscription or $35 a month for Premium. We highly recommend it to all sports fans. You can read more details via our full Kayo review.
Stream NBA Christmas Day games on NBA League Pass
You can stream NBA League Pass for free with its 7-day free trial. Once you've exhausted your free trial you will be billed for the subscription you opted into. If you need help getting the free trial we have a step-by-step guide available for League Pass. League Pass allows you to follow your favourite teams, players, match-ups, the entire NBA season or a good chunk of it.
As of December 2021, League Pass now has 4 packages in total. All 4 come with annual or monthly options. It's expensive (starting from $389.99 a year or $51.99 a month) but lets you watch on 2 devices at once. That means you can split it with a friend and halve the cost.
Christmas Day games 2021
New York Knicks vs Atlanta Hawks
The Knicks are a Christmas Day staple, playing 53 matches on the big day in their history, more than any other team. They'll be hoping to improve their 14-18 record. Young Atlanta star Trae Young is out due to health and safety protocols with Knicks veteran Derrick Rose also out due to ankle surgery.
That will open up minutes for Kemba Walker who has stepped back in after a hiatus and is coming off a 44 point effort. For the Hawks former lottery pick Cam Reddish has made the most of the Hawks' unavailabilities and is likely to run the offense on Christmas Day.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics
Led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, the defending NBA champions will be in the thick of it once again come the pointy end of the season. The Celtics are in a different phase, finding their way under new coach Ime Udoka and battered by covid throughout the roster.
Phoenix Suns vs Golden State Warriors
Catch Steph Curry whenever you can. The veteran point guard still has plenty of tricks and wonder to call on and is leading his team superbly once again. He's playing 29 of the Warriors' 31 games so far, averaging 27.1 points per game. The Warriors sit second in the Western Conference behind the Suns so this should be a fantastic game.
LA Lakers vs Brooklyn Nets
LeBron James versus Kevin Durant. Need we say more? Durant's Nets lead the Eastern Conference with a 21-9 record and may just have the best roster in the League. The new-look Lakers have had their issues this season and sit at just 16-16. They need to start winning soon if they hope to be a factor come playoff time.
Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks
The final game of Christmas Day is a tantalising affair between the Jazz and the Mavericks. The Jazz (21-9) are once again near the head of the Western Conference while the Mavericks should improve on their 16-16 start to the season after winning the Southwest Division last season. The Mavs are missing Luka Dončić along with 7 others due to COVID protocols. Whereas Utah are at full strength with 1--% availability across the roster.
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