Merry Christmas! The holiday season is upon us and Christmas Day means we get 12 hours of NBA basketball. Get your presents open, get your meal ready, and start planning out your basketball viewing for Friday afternoon and evening.
The five game slate airs on Disney properties, with two games exclusively on ESPN, two exclusively on ABC, and one simulcast between the two channels. It tips at noon ET on ESPN and closes with a 10:30 p.m. tip on ESPN. The slate is as follows:
12 p.m.: New Orleans Pelicans at Miami Heat — ESPN
2:30 p.m.: Golden State Warriors at Milwaukee Bucks — ABC
5 p.m.: Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics — ABC
8 p.m.: Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Lakers — ABC & ESPN
10:30 p.m.: Los Angeles Clippers at Denver Nuggets — ESPN
If you can’t watch this slate of games on TV, you have the option to stream the matchup on WatchESPN or on mobile with the ESPN app, both of which require a cable log-in. If you don’t have cable, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the NBA Christmas schedule.
The game is often a little bit delayed on live streams, but usually it’s only between 30 and 60 seconds behind the TV broadcast. That can impact you if you’re on Twitter during the game, but otherwise it’s an easy option.