I’m not sure what’s more exciting to my son: Santa coming down the chimney or Stephen Curry pulling up at the three-point line. It’s probably the former, but he won’t have to choose. I’ve got it on good authority that Santa will be making a stop at our house this year, and Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors are set to play again on Christmas Day.
NBA fans will get the gift of a star-studded quintuple header of games on Dec. 25 that will feature LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Russell Westbook, Kyrie Irving and James Harden.
Things tip off at 12 noon ET and will last well past midnight in the East. If you cut the cord this year and still want to get in on the NBA action (it’s fantastic), here’s what you need to know.
Christmas 2018 NBA schedule
|Milwaukee Bucks at New York Knicks||12 p.m.||ESPN|
|Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets||3 p.m.||ABC|
|Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics||5:30 p.m.||ABC|
|Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors||8 p.m.||ABC/ESPN|
|Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz||10:30 p.m.||ESPN|
How to stream the games
If your goal on Christmas is to watch all five games, you’ll need a streaming package that offers ABC and ESPN. I can find you such a thing, but, so you’ll need to check the channel lineup in your area to make sure you can watch a live feed of your local TV stations, namely ABC for three of the Christmas Day NBA games.
‘s basic $40-a-month Live a Little package includes ABC and ESPN. Click here to check availability of live local channels in your area.
‘s $45-a-month Access plan includes ABC and ESPN. Check out which live, local networks you get on the PlayStation Vue Plans page.
Hulu with Live TV
costs $40 a month and includes ABC and ESPN. Check to see which live channels Hulu offers in your area.
is currently available in dozens of major metro markets, with more being added all the time. It costs $40 a month and includes ABC and ESPN.
‘s $25-a-month Orange package includes ESPN, but Sling TV does not currently offer ABC in any of its plans or add-ons.
You can stream the first four Christmas Day games broadcast on ABC or ESPN via WatchESPN on your computer or the WatchESPN app, but you will need to prove you have a TV subscription that includes ESPN.
For the games on ABC, you can use over-the-air digital antenna. We have a few, cheap suggestions for the best indoor antennas.