NBA on Christmas

Opening presents, drinking egg nog, trying to remember relatives’ names, and the NBA on Christmas day.  All great traditions, but we only track the data for one of them.  Here are the results for every Christmas game going back to 2008:

Season Visitor Home Score Total
2013 Bulls Nets (-4) 95-78 Under 189.5
2013 Thunder* (-10.5) Knicks 123-94 Over 201
2013 Heat* (-9.5) Lakers 101-95 Under 206.5
2013 Rockets Spurs (-8) 111-98 Under 212.5
2013 Clippers Warriors (-3) 103-105 Over 207
2012 Celtics Nets (-2.5) 93-76 Under 184
2012 Knicks Lakers (-4) 94-100 Under 211
2012 Thunder Heat (-2.5) 97-103 Under 204
2012 Rockets Bulls (-4.5) 120-97 Over 197
2012 Nuggets Clippers (-6.5) 100-112 Over 204.5
2011 Celtics Knicks (-4.5) 104-106 Over 189.5
2011 Heat (-4.5) Mavericks 105-94 Over 190.5
2011 Bulls (-4.5) Lakers 88-87 Under 182.5
2011 Magic Thunder (-7.5) 89-97 Under 193.5
2011 Clippers* (-4.5) Warriors 105-86 Under 208.5
2010 Bulls Knicks (-2) 95-103 Under 206
2010 Celtics Magic (-2.5) 78-86 Under 191
2010 Heat Lakers (-3.5) 96-80 Under 193.5
2010 Nuggets Thunder (-6.5) 106-114 Over 213.5
2010 Blazers Warriors (-3) 102-109 Over 202.5
2009 Heat (-2.5) Knicks 93-87 Under 198
2009 Celtics Magic (-5.5) 86-77 Under 191
2009 Cavaliers Lakers (-6) 102-87 Under 194
2009 Clippers Suns (-10) 93-124 Over 214.5
2009 Nuggets* (-2.5) Blazers 96-107 Over 197.5
2008 Hornets Magic (-5) 68-88 Under 190
2008 Spurs Suns (-2.5) 91-90 Under 200
2008 Celtics Lakers (-2) 83-92 Under 200.5
2008 Wizards Cavaliers* (-15.5) 89-93 Under 194
2008 Mavericks Blazers (-4.5) 102-94 Over 192

*Team received 70% of bets or more
**All line data is Pinnacle’s closing line

Of the 30 games listed, the favorites and dogs have both covered 15 games against the spread.  Of the 15 games that dogs covered, they went on to win the game straight up in 10 of them.

Christmas games have gone Under in 19 of the 30 games tracked, including 5 of the 6 early games (Noon ET) finishing under the closing total.

 

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