The NBA typically uses Christmas Day to showcase some of its most exciting teams and players, and this year is no different. The league’s 2022 Christmas slate is jam-packed as it features five games, all of which are interesting in their own way. Not all games are created equal, though, so here we’ve gone ahead and ranked the five different games scheduled for Dec. 25, from least to most intriguing.
Out of all the matchups, this one is probably the least intriguing, on paper at least, given the fact that the Knicks are one of the two teams out of the 10 playing on Christmas who didn’t make the playoffs last season, and it remains to be seen if they’ll be markedly better in the coming campaign. Plus, the teams aren’t really rivals, and recent matchups between them have been pretty one-sided — Philadelphia has won 17 out of the last 19 games the two teams have played against each other.
But, just because it isn’t quite as intriguing as the other contests on the Christmas slate doesn’t mean there aren’t good reasons to tune into this game. MVP runner-up Joel Embiid and former MVP James Harden, fresh off of inking a new deal with the team, form one of the league’s more dynamic dues, and it should be fun to get to watch them go to work on the league’s largest regular season stage. The Sixers have lofty expectations for the season, and the chemistry of those two players will be central to their success. On the other side, New York’s prized offseason addition, Jalen Brunson, will get an opportunity to show a national audience what he’s capable of as a lead guard in a Knicks jersey.
Star power is the main draw for this game. The Lakers might not be legitimate players in the Western Conference this season (or who knows, maybe they will be), but they still have LeBron James. As a basketball fan, I’ll take any opportunity I get to watch James while he still has some gas left in the tank. His time remaining in the league is finite, and I intend to appreciate it while it lasts. Plus, the guy can still put on a show, and he’s known to step up on Christmas. Just last season, James passed Kobe Bryant to become the NBA‘s all-time leading scorer on Christmas, and this year he’ll set the record for most games played on Christmas Day in league history.
We can’t forget Luka Doncic, either. Doncic is one of the most exciting players to watch in the entire league, and it’s always a treat…