The NBA schedule 2013 live stream and TV games on Christmas Day includes a marquee matchup between two teams considered NBA powerhouses over their franchise history. One of them, the Los Angeles Lakers, are without their top superstar, Kobe Bryant, while the other, the Miami Heat, are looking like they could be on their way to a third straight championship. Will LeBron James and crew get the big win in L.A., or will Pau Gasol and the Lakers manage to defeat the Heat? The latest TV and live streaming NBA game on the schedule arrives for fans courtesy of multiple sources on Dec. 25.
An ESPN.com report from Dec. 25 indicates that the Miami Heat are looking to win their sixth straight game against the Lakers who will be without Kobe Bryant. That puts the spotlight on LeBron James, although fans would've preferred to see a duel featuring James vs. Kobe in L.A. on Christmas Day. Instead, it could be a lopsided game in favor of the defending champion Heat. Both teams have some "day-to-day" injurred players who could affect the outcome, should they not be able to go.
On that list for the Heat are star players Chris Bosh, Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade, while Michael Beasley is out for sure. For the Lakers, Paul Gasol is listed as day-to-day, while guard Jordan Farmar is out. The Lakers enter the home game after two straight road losses, with both blowouts. The most recent was a 117-90 loss to the Phoenix Suns, one of the surprise teams of the season so far, while the other loss came to the Warriors on Dec. 21. However, before that the Lakers achieved a home win by a final of 104-91 over the Twolves, thanks to 21 points and 13 rebounds from Gasol.
While the Lakers are scrapping for victories whenever they can, the Heat have been on a roll. In their last five games they've defeated Hawks, Kings, Pacers, Jazz and Cavs to make for a nice bounce-back streak after losing 90-84 at Indiana. The Heat haven't been the best of teams on the road, with just a 7-4 away record. The Lakers' 7-6 home record doesn't exactly bode well for them though. Neither does the fact they are averaging 99.5 points per game and allowing their opponents 103.4 points per game. That could be a nice Christmas gift for the Heat, who are scoring 104.8 points a game and allowing opponents just 97 points per game.
Today's favorite is The Heat are today's favorites according to odds makers, by 9 points, where they opened and have stayed at various books. The over/under for this game is set to about 206 points at sports books, after opening at 202. Kobe Bryant is listed as out for this game, while no other major injuries have been revealed as of this report.
The Christmas Day game featuring the Miami Heat vs. L.A. Lakers has a scheduled start time of 5 p.m. EST. ABC will provide the televised coverage in both standard and hi-definition for cable or satellite TV viewers. There's no scheduled home or away television channels for today's game, but NBA League Pass mobile or broadband subscribers may be able to watch the game live streaming online. Fans with SIRIUS XM satellite radio subscriptions can listen to audio via SIRI 86 (Internet 895) for the Heat and SIRI 217 (Internet 893) for the Lakers.