NBA Christmas Day Betting Props with Free Expert Picks and Predictions
Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house
It's late, I'm handicapping NBA Christmas games - so quiet can't even hear a mouse.
The stockings were hung by chimney with care,
In hopes of ESPN/ABC winners soon would be there
My wife was nestled all snug in the bed,
She had visions of NBA winners all through her head.
Bowl games of plenty, football is here,
Even though it's late, I can still hear the sports books full of cheer.
When out on the roof there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my office to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the front door, threw on my Air Jordan's in a dash.
I could go on with this re-write of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas poem, but let's talk about what is really going on Christmas Day! Christmas this year has only one sport on the sports gambling betting board, and the NBA will be the focus all Christmas Day long.
Rip open those gifts and let the kids and wife play with their gifts all day long, because five NBA games are on the tube all Christmas Day. Here is the Christmas Day NBA schedule:
Milwaukee Bucks at New York Knicks - 12:05 PM EST ESPN
Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets - 3:05 PM EST ABC
Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics - 5:35 PM EST ABC
Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors - 8:05 PM EST ESPN
Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz - 10:35 PM EST ESPN
Sports book giant MyBookie has posted NBA Christmas betting propositions. And with the NBA the only sport playing on Tuesday, look for a big handle on those five games. The big game Tuesday night, of course, is LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers going up against the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors, and all sports books will have betting props on this matchup.
Here are two NBA betting propositions that MyBookie has already posted, and I see some great value on these two props. Here are the opening odds and some NBA Christmas Free Picks. Happy Holidays .
NBA Player to Score the Most Points on Christmas Day
Steph Curry +500
LeBron James +600
James Harden +400
Kevin Durant +700
Damian Lillard +800
Giannis Antetokounmpo +500
Kyrie Irving +800
Joel Embiid +700
Russell Westbrook +600
Paul George +800
Jimmy Butler +1000
Donovan Mitchell +1200
CJ McCollum +1200
Klay Thompson +500
Tim Hardaway Jr +800
Chris Paul +1200
Khris Middleton +1200
Jayson Tatum +1500
Field (Any Other Player) +300
Free Pick: You figure Steph Curry, LeBron James, and James Harden would be close to the betting favorites, but I see value with these two guys playing on Christmas Day. Portland point guard Damian Lillard at +800 has outstanding value, and if he gets hot against the Utah defense then look out. A week ago in Los Angeles Lillard scored 39 points against the Clippers. And if the 3-ball hits, getting +800 could be a winner. Oklahoma City small forward Paul George +800 is another guy that has great value. Last week against the Sacramento Kings, PG13 scored 43 points, and in his last 4 games he is averaging 33 ppg.
Who Will Record More Points on Christmas Day?
Lebron James +100
Steph Curry -130
Free Pick: This prop says more points, and we all know LeBron James will be getting his young teammates involved early, so that will be his disadvantage. Lonzo Ball will have the duty to try and guard Curry, and I see Curry raining threes all game long. I see him being the big reason why the Golden State Warriors beat the LA Lakers Christmas night. Hurry up and bet Curry at -130, because I see the public betting this soft number.
Raphael Esparza is one of the best handicappers in all sports. This weekend Esparza is excited that College Bowl Season is here and don't forget he will have NFL action on Saturday and Sunday. The former Vegas oddsmaker will have will action this weekend in NFL Football, College Football, NBA, College Basketball, NHL, soccer, and don't forget he is looking for more fight winners in both Boxing and UFC. New clients can take advantage of Doc's no-hassle $60 free picks offer and get Esparza's weekday picks .
Read more articles by Raphael Esparza
Get all of Today's NBA Picks
Get all of Today's Guaranteed Expert NBA Picks