Christmas Day is one of the most important days on the NBA regular season schedule, a fact that remains true in the 2021-22 season.

This year’s Christmas Day program features five games featuring the league’s brightest and youngest stars, as well as a series of must-see matchups between rivals.

What are the NBA Christmas Day games in 2021?

The calendar for Christmas Day 2021 is as follows:

  • Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks, 12:00 pm ET
  • Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks, 2:30 pm ET
  • Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns, 5:00 pm ET
  • Brooklyn Nets at Los Angeles Lakers, 8:00 pm ET
  • Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz, 10:30 pm ET

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Who doesn’t love a playoff rematch? After eliminating the Knicks in five games in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs, Trae Young and the Hawks return to Madison Square Garden. Atlanta will play on Christmas Day for the first time since 1989, while New York returns to the Christmas scene for the first time since 2018.

The defending champion Bucks take center stage in the second game of the day, when the trio of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton take on the Celtics All-Star duo of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

For the first time since 2009, the Suns will play this Christmas. Led by the backcourt duo of Chris Paul and Devin Booker, the 2021 Western Conference Champions will host the Warriors, who are looking to return to prominence in the West behind their backcourt duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. , who is working to return to the floor after missing the entirety of the last two seasons.

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Perhaps the most anticipated meeting of the day will be when the Lakers take on the Nets, a potential showcase for two of the league’s three most talented majors. The newly formed Los Angeles trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook are set to take on Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving.

To close out the day of action, Luka Doncic and the Mavericks head to Salt Lake City to face Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and the Jazz. In Doncic and Mitchell, you have two of the brightest young stars in the league, while Gobert is the anchor of the elite defense of a team that finished with the league’s best record in the 2020-21 season.

What channel are the NBA Christmas Day Games on in 2021?

The five games are split between ESPN and ABC. All times below are Eastern Standard Time.

NBA TV schedule at Christmas
Hour Match Channel
12:00 pm Hawks at the Knicks ESPN
2:30 pm Bucks on the Celtics ABC
5:00 pm Warriors in Suns ABC
8:00 pm Networks in the Lakers ESPN
10:30 pm Mavericks in Jazz ESPN

You can stream all the action on Sling TV.