NBA Betting Guide for December 25th: Christmas Edition

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December 25, 2021

It’s that time of year again when your family gets together to open presents and eat turkey, while your uncle gets drunk on egg nog and watches basketball all day. We have five games on the docket, as long as everything goes to plan. Saturday’s games in order of air time are Hawks vs. Knicks at 12:00 PM ET, Celtics vs. Bucks at 2:30 PM ET, Warriors vs. Suns 5:00 PM ET, Nets vs. Lakers at 8:00 PM ET, and Mavericks vs. Jazz at 10:30 PM ET.

Get your egg nog ready because you have a lot to get through.

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The Jazz comes into this game in third place in the West and relatively healthy. The same can’t be said for the Mavericks. Dallas is seventh and will be missing seven players due to COVID-19 protocols. Most importantly, the Mavs will be without two of their four leading scorers in Luka Doncic, and Tim Hardaway Jr. Kristaps Porzingis is also questionable to play due to a toe injury.

Utah is the highest-scoring team in the league, averaging 115.8 points a game, while Dallas is 27th with 104.4. Donovan Mitchell leads the Jazz with 25.1 points, 5.1 assists, 3.8 rebounds per game.

This one could get ugly fast.

The Picks: Mavericks Spread +13 (-110), Total: Over 213 (-112)

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