What time are NBA games today? TV schedule, channels for Christmas Day 2023 slate

It’s time for one of the NBA’s favorite annual traditions: a full slate of Christmas Day contests.

Monday’s schedule will feature 10 star-studded teams looking to build momentum before the calendar flips to 2024. League MVPs like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid, LeBron James and Nikola Jokic are all ready to shine on the national stage and provide plenty of entertainment for hoops junkies.

The highlight of the day will be the rivalry game between the Celtics and Lakers, but there will be plenty of action before and after that interconference clash takes place. The league has played the role of Santa Claus again this year, giving its fans multiple intriguing matchups.

Here is everything you need to know about the Christmas Day schedule, including tipoff times and TV and streaming options for each game.

What time are NBA games on today?

Five NBA games are scheduled to be played on Christmas Day, starting with Bucks vs. Knicks in the afternoon window.

Monday, Dec. 25

Game Tipoff time (ET) TV channel
Bucks vs. Knicks Noon ESPN
Warriors vs. Nuggets 2:30 p.m. ABC/ESPN
Celtics vs. Lakers 5 p.m. ABC/ESPN
76ers vs. Heat 8 p.m. ESPN
Mavericks vs. Suns 10:30 p.m. ESPN

What channel are Christmas NBA games on in 2023?

  • TV channels: ABC | ESPN
  • Live stream: Sling TV

The five Christmas Day games will air on ABC and ESPN in the United States. Viewers can also stream the games on Sling TV.

Fans in the U.S. can watch the biggest games of the 2023-24 NBA season on Sling TV, which is now offering HALF OFF your first month! Sling base packages (Sling Orange or Sling Blue) start at just $20 for your first month, or you can get Sling Orange + Blue starting at $27.50 for your first month. There are no long-term contracts, and you can change your channel lineup anytime. DVR is included along with thousands of on-demand shows and movies.

Christmas NBA games announcers, analysts, reporters for ABC, ESPN broadcasts

Bucks vs. Knicks

  • Time: Noon ET
  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Live stream: Sling TV
  • Broadcast team: Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Hubie Brown (analyst), Andraya Carter (reporter)

Warriors vs. Nuggets

  • Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ABC | ESPN
  • Live stream: Sling TV
  • Broadcast team: Ryan Ruocco (play-by-play), Richard Jefferson (analyst), JJ Redick (analyst), Katie George (reporter)

Celtics vs. Lakers

  • Time: 5 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ABC | ESPN
  • Live stream: Sling TV
  • Broadcast team: Mike Breen (play-by-play), Doc Rivers (analyst), Doris Burke (analyst), Cassidy Hubbarth (reporter)

76ers vs. Heat

  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Live stream: Sling TV
  • Broadcast team: Mark Jones (play-by-play), Monica McNutt (analyst), Angel Gray (reporter)

Mavericks vs. Suns

  • Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Live stream: Sling TV
  • Broadcast team: Beth Mowins (play-by-play), Stephanie White (analyst), Jorge Sedano (reporter)

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