The 'under' usually cashes in on Christmas Day NBA games. What is it about the holiday season that makes the 'under' such a wildly profitable basketball pick?
Season NBA Record: 4-1 ATS
Remember how the 'over' was all the rage at the start of the 2016-17 NBA campaign? Well, things have tailed off these past few weeks; as we go to press, the 'over' is still above water at 211-196 overall but no longer a profitable auto-bet on the season at 51.8 percent. And if you’re hoping for more buckets over the holidays, don’t hold your breath because the 'under' is 39-26-5 since the league starting doing Christmas Day games in 1993. That includes all five games last year.
Imagine being a player in one of these games, and you can understand why the 'under' has been getting festive on those NBA odds. There are worse things in the world than making millions of dollars playing basketball, and everyone in the NBA gets Christmas Eve off, so that’s nice. But wouldn’t you rather be home for the holidays? Not to mention the weird start times for the early games. Here’s the Christmas schedule for Sunday (all times Eastern):
Boston Celtics at New York Knicks (12:00 p.m., ESPN)
Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers (2:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
Chicago Bulls at San Antonio Spurs (5:00 p.m. ET, ABC)
Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder (8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
If totals aren’t your thing, you can use the same Christmas logic and take the home team – they’re 43-27 SU and 38-32 ATS on Dec. 25. But the 'under' has been the more profitable NBA pick, especially in games involving the Bulls (7-2-1) and the Lakers (11-5-2). Stay merry, my friends, and may the sphere be with you this holiday season.