Bleacher Bookie’s Best Bets: NBA Christmas Day Edition

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Christmas day is always a treat every year. 12 plus hours of non-stop NBA basketball. This year we even get a little football peppered in as well. But we’re here to discuss making money betting on the associating.


The first rule of Christmas day basketball is to bet the Unders. All of them. No matter what. Last year was the first time in probably my lifetime betting the unders across the board wasn’t profitable. Even last year it was only one win shy of being profitable. Every player is tired and stressed out from Christmas activities. Getting up early for the kids, staying out late on Christmas Eve. They eat big holiday meals, their minds are in other places thinking about family accommodation and being in a city not their own. All of these combined together provide some great money to be made on the Unders every year. So again, bet the Unders, across the board, all of them. Every. Single. One. No matter what they are.

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s get to the actual games.


Knicks Vs Sixers (+1) 12 pm ET

I actually like the Knicks in this pick em game. Embiid is coming off a small injury, and still isn’t 100% playing although all signs, including this line, says he will play. On the other hand, Krispatps Porzingis is 100% healthy. The Sixers have lost 9 out of their last 10. The Knicks have won 5 out of their last 7 and are looking to avenge their terrible performances on Christmas the last few years. This is the best the Knicks have played in the last few years this deep into the season. It’s always a turning point for them. Expect KP and Kanter to limit Embiid a bit along with being solid rim protectors for Ben Simmons, who isn’t a threat to hit a jump shot yet. Also, the Garden is going to be BUMPING. Knicks fans love this team. Expect a hostile environment like this young Sixers team has yet to experience.

Pick: Knicks -1



Cavaliers Vs. Warriors (-4.5)

This line being this low is strictly because of Steph Curry not playing. Even without Curry, a Cavs team which is worse than last years isn’t on the same level as Golden State. Then you throw in the Warriors at home. Though Cleveland has been on fire lately and will focus its entire defense on Kevin Durant, the Warriors have plenty of other weapons to beat the Cavs. Lebron is gonna have a hard time beating the rest of the team by himself. Especially given hell be expending a decent amount of energy defending Durant or Draymond because the Cavs simply don’t have anyone else who stands a chance against either. Lay the points with the Warriors at Oracle. I’m comfortable doing that no matter who the opponent is.

Pick: Warriors -4.5



Wizards Vs Celtics (-4.5)

The Wizards have been playing well heading into this game, but Boston got back Jaylen Brown on Saturday and are healthy ready to get back on track after two losses. This is a better Celtics team than the one Washington competed with last year. Lok for Boston to control the tempo and take advantage of their scoring versatility on the wings. If they can keep John Wall in a half-court set and prevent getting killed by the three, Boston should win this handily.

Pick: Boston -5



Rockets Vs Thunder (+3.5)

This line again is another product of injured players. Chris Paul and clint Capella are questionable. If they both play, I like Houston, but you have to grab it almost instantly as the line will probably change within seconds of that news breaking. The Rockets have been unstoppable, literally with Both Harden and Paul. Without those two though, this could be a good spot for the Thunder to get a huge momentum win. They’ve played better of late, but people still aren’t sold. Expect one of their stars to go blow for blow with Harden and overall have a better supporting cast outside of that. Playing at home, take the points ion a really hard stadium for visitors to win in.

Pick: Thunder +3.5



Timberwolves Vs Lakers +4

The Twolves have been disappointing this year. They’ve played alright but still seem a little off under Tom Thibedeau. Their best player and apparent rim protector Karl Anthony Towns continues to be one of the worst defenders in the entire NBA. I expect the Lakers to have a little showtime in them. This is a perfect stage for Lonzo Ball to come out and have the game of his career. With a team of young guys and a lot to prove on a national stage, maybe the biggest regular-season stage, I expect the Lakers to at least keep this one close. Take the points at home.

Pick: Lakers +4



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