NBA Expert Picks: Our Staff’s 5 Favorite Christmas Day Bets


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Dec 25, 2018, 12:58 PM EST
  • Our NBA experts give their favorite betting picks for the five-game NBA Christmas Day slate.
  • You'll find a number of intriguing betting angles, including historical trends, matchup analysis and why Mario Hezonja is in for a rough day against Giannis Antetokounmpo.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Christmas Day NBA betting.

We’ve extensively compiled our thoughts on all five games of the day, but we’re here to narrow our list down to our favorite bets. From intriguing spreads and totals to why Giannis Antetokounmpo should crush his points prop, we’ve got you covered on this great holiday.

Rob Perez: Giannis Antetokounmpo OVER 27.5 Points

Remember that scene from Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith when Anakin saves the emperor and indirectly condemns Windu to death?

He sits down with that look on his face like he just realized he left his wallet on the bus and exclaims, “WHAT HAVE I DONE??”

That, my friends, is Mario Hezonja after stepping over Giannis Antetokounmpo at Madison Square Garden the last time these two teams played and hearing what Giannis has planned for revenge.


You can’t make Giannis’ points prop high enough. Hezonja will be lucky to leave the arena with his head still attached to his body.

Oh, and by the way, the Knicks have to go to Milwaukee in two days for the second leg of a back-to-back and do this again. Giannis will be hell-bent on revenge, and that revenge will be taken out on the Madison Square Garden rims.

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