The NBA have officially released their anticipated Christmas schedule for 2019. As expected, the NBA gave all the fans the match-ups they wanted. The 2019 NBA Christmas schedule consists of five marquee games. In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics will head to Toronto to face the Raptors. Two teams that many think will meet in the East Finals will see the Milwaukee Bucks travel to Philadelphia to face the 76ers. In he West, there will be three games featured on the 2019 NBA Christmas schedule. The young core of the New Orleans Pelicans will travel to Denver to face the Nuggets. The new look Houston Rockets will travel to face the Golden State Warriors at the new Chase Arena. In the most anticipated game, the Los Angeles Lakers will meet the Los Angeles Clippers.
The New Orleans Pelicans will face one of the better teams in the league in the Denver Nuggets. With Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and crew, New Orleans should be a really exciting team. Some believe the Pelicans could sneak into the playoffs this season. This team will be tested against the Nuggets, who finished 2nd in the West last year. Denver should finally have Michael Porter Jr. to an amazing team, and they could surprise a lot of teams next season. Most people are talking about the Lakers, Clippers and Rockets, but look out for this Nuggets team.
The Boston Celtics lost Kyrie Irving and Al Horford in free agency. In return, they signed Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter to contracts. The Celtics also lost Terry Rozier, but this team is still one of the better teams in the East. If Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown and Jason Tatum can co-exist, this could be a scary team. On the other hand, the Toronto Raptors will be without Kawhi Leonard this season. Kawhi lead them to the NBA Championship, but he’s in Los Angeles now. The Raptors still have a talented team with the team they have. If Pascal Siakim could continue to improve, this could be a sleeper team in the East. This could be an exciting game, but who will walk away with the win?
The Houston Rockets will head to the new Chase Arena to face the Golden State Warriors. Both of these teams went through changes during the offseason. The Rockets traded Chris Paul to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Russell Westbrook. With the trade, Westbrook and Harden reunite as they try to capture that elusive NBA championship. For years, the Rockets have had issues with the Warriors as they’re team that always eliminating them. The Golden State Warriors will look different for the Christmas game. The Warriors lost Kevin Durant in free agency and Klay Thompson is recovering from his ACL tear. They signed D’Angelo Russell and they just inked Draymond Green to an extension. Will the Warriors continue to reign supreme over the Rockets?
In the final game in the East, we have the Milwaukee Bucks traveling to Philly to face the 76ers. The Milwaukee Bucks finished with the best record in the league last year. The Bucks were able to resign Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez and George Hill. Unfortunately, Milwaukee lost Malcolm Brogdon in a sign-and-trade with the Indiana Pacers. Milwaukee is lead by the reigning league MVP in Giannis and should be in contention for the top seed. The Sixers resigned Tobias Harris and inked Ben Simmons to a 5-year max deal. The only issue with the 76ers is their lack of shooters, but they shocked everyone by signing Al Horford. In this battle of possibly the two best teams in the East, who wins this game?
In the marquee game, we have the battle of Los Angeles. The Lakers will take on the Clippers in a must see game on Christmas night. The Lakers traded for Anthony Davis and they made a lot of additions to this team. The Lakers is one of my favorites to come out of the West this season. With Davis and LeBron James, they form one of the better tandems in the league. On the other hand, the Los Angeles Clippers went all out during free agency. They signed Kawhi Leonard in free agency and traded for Paul George. The Clippers should be one of the best defensive teams in the league. In a battle of Los Angeles, who caps off the 2019 NBA Christmas schedule with a win?
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