While the major sports take a brief Festive breather the stars of the NBA will be pounding the boards on Christmas Day and fans can follow all the action live on pc or mobile. bet365 is streaming live basketball from all five Christmas Day games, starting with Chicago Bulls @ Brooklyn Nets live stream at 5.00pm GMT.
Take a look at the live streaming sports calendar to find links to live basketball streams for Oklahoma City Thunder @ New York Nicks, Miami Heat @ LA Lakers, Houston Rockets @ San Antonio Spurs and LA Clippers @ Golden State Warriors.
The main attraction is the matchup between current NBA champions Miami Heat and bitter rivals LA Lakers who clash at the Staple Center in Los Angeles at 10.00pm GMT. Two-time defending champions Heat won both games against the Lakers last season and are looking to improve their 21/6 record so far by making it three out of three against the 2009 and 2010 champions.
The Heat go into the Christmas showdown having sneaked a 121-119 overtime victory on Monday, against the Atlanta Hawks who are third in the Eastern Conference standings, one position lower than Miami. The Lakers have failed to live up to their pre-season billing so far and find themselves short of the .500 mark after 28 games. Their 13/15 record sees them scrapping in 10th place in the Western Division and looking to snap a two game losing streak.
The Lakers season is spiraling in the wrong direction with problems afflicting two of its star performers, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. Bryant is out until February with a stress fracture in his knee while Nash is missimg court time with a nerve root irritation. Pau Gasol is left a tall task against Heat’s Big Three led by LeBron James, who inspired his team when scoring 32 points in the 107-97 triumph the last time these rivals met in February 2013.