NBA Christmas Day Schedule and Preview: Cavaliers, Warriors Best Game, Bulls-Thunder, Clippers Battle Lakers, Kobe Bryant Final Holiday, Spurs, Rockets, Heat In Action

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Dec 22, 2015 04:43 PM EST
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LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shakes hands with Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors after the Warriors defeated the Cavs 105 to 97 to win Game Six of the 2015 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. "

The NBA Christmas Day schedule has some great games for 2015 and the best matchup has the Cleveland Cavaliers visiting the Golden State Warriors in and NBA finals rematch. The other teams in action on the holiday include the Miami Heat, Pelicans, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, LA Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers.

The best game on the schedule is the Cavaliers visiting the Warriors in the Bay Area and while Golden State is no longer undefeated, this should be a great showdown. The full schedule of games starts early with the New Orleans Pelicans visiting the Miami Heat at 12 pm ET and that will have TV coverage from ESPN. The Chicago Bulls and OKC Thunder will be up next at 2:30 pm ET and that game has coverage on ABC.

The middle game of the schedule is the big one with the Cavs coming to visit the Warriors and that will also be on ABC and starts up at 5 pm ET from Oracle Arena. The San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets will have an all-Texas tilt at the Toyota Center and that game starts at 8 pm ET and will be on ESPN. The final matchup has the Clippers playing the Lakers and that game will be from the Staples Center starting at 10:30 pm ET on ESPN. The game will be the final Christmas Day matchup for Kobe Bryant.

Bryant playing on the schedule gives Lakers fans something to cheer about on the holiday, as the team has been struggling all season. The Clippers have not been playing up to expectations and that could add some intrigue to the final game on the schedule for Christmas.

The Pelicans and Heat matchup should be a fun one even with New Orleans struggling this season, as Anthony Davis will get the chance to match up with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside. Miami has been one of the best teams in the east this season and it will be interesting to see how Davis plays against Miami in a nationally televised game.

The second matchup of the day has stars all over with Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Jimmy Butler battling and that will be from OKC. The Thunder have been playing at a high level and while the Bulls have been dealing with some injuries and inconsistent play, they have also been one of the better teams in the east this season.

The Cavaliers have been the best in the east and the Warriors have been the best out west and that makes this game the best matchup of the day. Adding to things is the rematch of the NBA finals and the fact that the Cavs may be as close to full strength as they have been in a long time. Kyrie Irving has returned and the team will have Kevin Love healthy after he missed the finals following an injury in the first round of the playoffs.

Check here for the NBA Christmas schedule.

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