The 2013 NBA live streaming online and televised games for Christmas Day will include a doubleheader on ABC and a tripleheader on ESPN for basketball fans to enjoy. The first game on the slate that NBA fans will get to watch features the Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets, in a battle of two struggling teams. The Bulls have had the misfortune of losing star guard Derrick Rose for their second-straight season, while the Nets have struggled despite adding several future Hall of Fame stars to their roster. The latest televised and live streaming NBA games for the tripleheader Christmas Day will be featured on ESPN.
As ESPN.com reported on Dec. 24, not only are the Chicago Bulls without former NBA MVP Derrick Rose for this game (and the rest of the season), but leading scorer Luol Deng is expected to miss the game due to a sore left Achilles. Meanwhile, Jimmy Butler has a sprained right ankle to deal with, while Kirk Hinrich is dealing with back issues, making both guards "game-time decisions" for Chicago. Despite all of those injured players, the Bulls managed to win their previous contest 100-84 over the Cavs thanks to 19 points from Carlos Boozer, 17 from Tony Snell as well as double-doubles from both D.J. Augustin and Joakim Noah.
The Bulls will attempt to win back-to-back games for the first time in a while, although Chicago is a disappointing 3-11 on the road this season. They'll face a Brooklyn Nets team that is 9-18 overall and 5-8 at home for the season. The Nets are in a similar situation to Chicago, having just lost one of their stars, Brooke Lopez, for the season with a broken foot. Currently, both teams sit below the eighth best team in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics, but are within reach with more than half the season still left to be played out.
In their previous game, the struggling Nets lost at home 103-86 to the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers. That game saw the Nets shoot 38.2% and get outrebounded 46-36 by their opponents. Things also turned ugly when Brooklyn's Paul Pierce was ejected with a flagrant 2 foul for clotheslining George Hill on a fast break layup for the Pacers. Of note for the Nets, and potential good news for them heading into their game with Chicago, is the fact that Jason Terry also made his return to action in that game and finished with eleven points.
The Brooklyn Nets opened as 3 1/2 point favorites for this home game, and have since dropped to 3 or 2 1/2 point favorites at various books, since this is a tough game to really decide on who will come out to play. The over/under started at 185 1/2 total points for the game and is now up to 187 1/2 points at various books. As noted, Luol Deng is a question mark, while guard Deron Williams is "probable" for the Nets.
Christmas Day's tripleheader starting with the Bulls vs. Nets has a scheduled start time of 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The game will be televised on ESPN in both standard and hi-definition formats for fans to enjoy. TV viewers with WGN on their cable or satellite package may be able to watch the game there with Bulls commentary featured. In addition, many cable or satellite TV customers are able to access WatchESPN broadband sports network to watch the game live streaming online starting at Noon EST as well. See more info here on how to watch this NBA game online.