How to watch NBA Christmas Day games 2022 in Australia
We might have to wait until Boxing Day, but the NBA Christmas Day slate is stacked.
Jingle bells, the Lakers smell and the Warriors could be laying an egg. All jokes aside, the games the NBA has put forward for Christmas Day are exciting.
Some of the best teams and players will feature across the 5 fixtures, allowing Australians over 12 hours of nonstop NBA viewing.
How to watch NBA Christmas Day games in Australia 2022
League Pass is available with a 7-day free trial and the cheapest season package to watch every game starts at $154.99.
If you choose to go with one of Foxtel Now or Kayo, you'll also be able to bulk out your post-Christmas viewing with the Boxing Day Test between Australia and South Africa, the NFL, the World Darts Championship, the NBL's Christmas slate and the BBL.
Foxtel Now has a longer free trial than Kayo, but the latter is still the cheapest option starting out from $25 a month.
NBA Christmas Day games schedule Australia 2022
While the NBA Christmas games don't start until Boxing Day in Australia, they're some of the biggest fixtures on the season schedule.
New York Knicks vs Philadelphia 76ers 4am AEDT
The Knicks were on a league-leading 8-game winning streak thanks to Jalen Brunson until their last-game loss to Toronto.
The key for the Knicks will be how they deal with the 76ers big man Joel Embiid. He's the leading scorer in the NBA 2022/23 season at 33 points per game.
If the Knicks have a chance of winning, they'll have to stop Embiid from going for his fifth 40-plus-point game this season.
New York is 1 spot behind Philadelphia in the standings so the match-up at Madison Square Garden could flip the standings.
Dallas Mavericks vs LA Lakers 6:30am AEDT
The Lakers couldn't have started their season much worse.
While they have righted the ship a little, they're still 4 games below 0.500 and Anthony Davis is in street clothes again.
Their opponents Dallas aren't going all that well either. After making it to the conference finals last year, they're also hovering around 0.500 despite Luka Dončić's ridiculous MVP numbers.
Still, LeBron James and Dončić are 2 of the biggest names in the association.
A win for either team is essential to ensure they can maximise their chance at avoiding the play-in tournament.
Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks 8:30am AEDT
Without a doubt the 2 best teams in the Eastern Conference (arguably the entire league), the Celtics and Bucks match-up could have big ramifications for who can claim the 1 seed this year.
While the Celtics started out as the best team in the NBA, a recent losing road trip coupled with back-to-back losses to the lowly Orlando Magic and another to Indiana have seen them drop behind the Bucks in the standings.
Both teams are led by outstanding duos: Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown for Boston and Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday for Milwaukee.
Expect both duos to play well and the key to be who the next best players are for either team.
Boston are deep and recently welcomed back big man Robert Williams who was arguably their third-best player last season.
It's similar for the Bucks with Khris Middleton who was previously their second-best player but has also only just returned from a long injury layoff and is still working his way into form.
Can either of them be the key and provide a needed defensive and scoring boost respectively?
Aussie Joe Ingles has just made his return from an ACL tear and should feature again for the Bucks.
Golden State Warriors vs Memphis Grizzlies 11:30am AEDT
Another match-up from last year's playoffs, the Warriors and Grizzlies game was unsurprisingly scheduled for Christmas Day after plenty of trash talk.
However, Steph Curry injured his shoulder last week and won't be taking part.
Since Curry has gone down, the Warriors have been on the end of 30-plus-point losses to the Knicks and Nets at the time of writing.
So far the Curry-less Warriors look to be in trouble going 1-3 without him.
The Grizzlies led by Ja Morant are full of confidence. Morant said this week "he fears nobody in the West".
Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns 2:30pm AEDT
The NBA Christmas schedule is closed out by 2 of the top teams in the west.
At the time of writing, Denver is the number 1 seed but by the slimmest of margins.
Nikola Jokić is having another incredible season and is in the running for a third-straight MVP.
Similar to Boston, the Suns held the 1 seed for a lot of the season but have since had mixed form.
All eyes will be on the Suns' chemistry in this game after there was some bench drama between coach Monty Williams plus Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges in a recent loss.
The Suns were the best team in the west last year but fell apart in the playoffs and some of the team's issues seem to be resurfacing.
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