They might not fit exactly under the tree, but basketball fans get the best gift of five NBA games on Christmas Day.

Possibly the biggest day of the NBA season, this year’s Christmas Day board has everything you can imagine. The day begins with an NBA playoff rematch, followed by a three-game streak in which a total of six former league MVPs could play.

To close the night, a potential future MVP takes the floor to face one of the best teams in the Western Conference.

We’ve got you covered below with everything you need to know about NBA Christmas Day 2021, from where and how to look to the injury report, Christmas Day records, and the uniforms each team will wear.

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2021 NBA Christmas Day Schedule

Time (ET) Match Location
12:00 PM Falcons vs. Knicks Madison Square Garden
2:30 p.m. M. Celtics vs. Bucks Fiserv forum
5:00 PM Warriors against suns Footprint center
8:00 PM Nets vs. Lakers Crypto.com Arena
10:30 PM Mavericks vs. Jazz Living Arena

How to watch the 2021 NBA Christmas Day games

  • Hawks vs. Knicks: ESPN | Watch ESPN | Sling tv
  • Celtics vs. Bucks: ABC | Watch ESPN | Sling tv
  • Warriors vs. Suns: ABC | Watch ESPN | Sling tv
  • Nets vs. Lakers: ABC | ESPN | Watch ESPN | Sling tv
  • Mavericks vs. Jazz: ESPN | Watch ESPN | Sling tv

Which stars will play on Christmas Day 2021?

In the days leading up to Christmas, the league’s day-to-day operations had been hit hard by injuries and the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Below you will find an up-to-date list of affected stakeholders and their status as of Christmas Day.

Team Player Condition Reason
Atlanta hawks Bring young Health and safety protocols
Clint Chapel Health and safety protocols
Danilo gallinari Health and safety protocols
The New York Knicks Immanuel quickley Health and safety protocols
Nerlens Noel Health and safety protocols
Boston Celts Al horford Health and safety protocols
Enes Kanter Freedom Health and safety protocols
Grant williams Health and safety protocols
Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo Health and safety protocols
Donte DiVincenzo Health and safety protocols
Bobby portis Health and safety protocols
golden state warriors Jordan poole Health and safety protocols
Andrew Wiggins Health and safety protocols
Klay thompson Out of Recovery from Right Achilles Tendon Injury
James Wiseman Out of Recovering from a right knee injury
Brooklyn networks LaMarcus Aldridge Health and safety protocols
Kevin During Health and safety protocols
Bruce brown Health and safety protocols
Joe harris Out of Right ankle surgery
Kyrie irving Health and safety protocols
Los angeles lakers Anthony Davis Out of Crooked left MCL
Avery bradley Health and safety protocols
Austin reaves Health and safety protocols
Kent bazemore Health and safety protocols
Dallas mavericks Luka doncic Health and safety protocols

NBA Christmas Day records

In 2021, LeBron James will tie Kobe Bryant in the most games played on Christmas Day at 16.

James also comes to Christmas Day 12 points from tying Bryant for the most points scored over the holidays and 13 points from becoming the all-time leader.

Below, view single game and all time records for games played on Christmas Day.

Individual match All time
Points 60 – Bernard King, 1984 395 – Kobe Bryant (16 games)
Bounces 36 – Wilt Chamberlain, 1961 176 – Bill Russell (8 games)
Attend 18 – Nate Archibald, 1972 144 – Oscar Robertson (12 games)
Robberies 7 – Kyrie Irving, 2016 28 – Russell Westbrook (10 games)
Blocks 8 – DeAndre Jordan, 2011 25 – Shaquille O’Neal (13 games)
Triples 7 – Three times 25 – K. Durant (10 games) and L. James (15 games)
Free shots November 22 – Bernard King, 1984 125 – Oscar Robertson (12 games)

2021 Christmas Day uniforms

While no special Christmas uniforms have been worn since 2016, most teams in action in 2021 will wear their “City Edition” uniforms. The two exceptions? The Warriors, whose City uniforms are the same color as their opponents, and the Lakers, who traditionally wear Association whites on Sundays and holidays.

Hawks (City) vs. Knicks (City)

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Celtics (City) vs. Bucks (City)

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Warriors (Association) vs Suns (City)

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Nets (City) vs. Lakers (Association)

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Mavericks (city) vs. Jazz (city)

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