The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets both have Christmas Day matinees, with the Nets kicking off the NBA's five-game slate by hosting the Boston Celtics at the Barclays Center. The Knicks follow that game with a tilt against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.
The Nets and Celtics have both gotten off to so-so starts this season. Brooklyn is 14-12 after defeating the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, and Boston is at 13-13. The Celtics have really struggled on the road this season, sporting a 4-8 record away from the TD Garden.
The Knicks will enter their high profile matchup against the Lakers 20-7 and atop the Atlantic Division. Los Angeles is starting to turn things around after a rough start, having won four in a row and sitting at 13-14.
Here's the full NBA schedule for the week from SI.com.