The 2013 NBA live stream and TV games for Christmas Day include five total games, with two late night contests that will include four Western Conference teams in the playoff hunt. With the season nearly half over, the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs have already revealed themselves to be among the best of the West, but whichever squad wins on Dec. 25 may have a better indication of what direction they're headed in the postseason. The latest televised and live streaming NBA game on the Christmas schedule arrives for fans via ESPN and other sources.
An SBNation report from Dec. 25 notes that if the Rockets can get a road win at San Antonio on Christmas Day, they'll be only 3.5 games behind the Spurs for the Southwest Division lead. However, winning at the AT&T Center won't be an easy task, as the Spurs hold a 10-3 record there, while Houston is 7-7 on the road. San Antonio is also 7-3 in their last 10 games, while the Rockets have struggled to win, going 5-5. Adding to their issues will be the fact Houston could be without at least three key players today as James Harden, Omer Asik and Patrick Beverly could all be sidelined for this game.
For the Spurs, they still have their "Big 3" of Parker, Duncan and Ginobil going strong, with the first two of them averaging over 30 points per game combined. Kawhi Leonard has continued his maturation process at the small forward spot and is averaging 12.3 a game as well. Parker currently leads the team in both scoring and assists, while Duncan mans the glass, averaging almost 10 boards per game and just under 2 blocks a contest. The Spurs are currently fourth best in terms of defense in the NBA, limiting teams to 95.5 a game, while scoring 103.3 a game themselves, which is good for 9th overall in the NBA.
For the Rockets, the injuries mentioned will hurt, but having Dwight Howard is a positive for almost any NBA team. Dwight is currently averaging 18.7 points a game and 13.3 rebounds per game, as well as 1.9 blocks a game. With the exception of blocks, his numbers are all improved over last year's stint with the L.A. Lakers, and the rest of the Rockets are continuing to gel with the big man. Harden was among the league's top scorers prior to his injury, so having him sidelined will certainly hurt the team in today's matchup with one of the league's elite squads. Houston is still the second-best team in the league in scoring with 106.3 points a game, and fourth best in rebounding with 45.4 boards per game.
Odds makers are giving the reigning Western Conference champions the edge in today's game. The Spurs first opened up as 6-point favorites and are now up to 8-point favorites at various sports books. The over/under for the game is set at a total of 212 points after opening at 209 earlier. James Harden is listed as questionable for today's game.
Wednesday's matchup featuring the Rockets vs. Spurs has a scheduled start time of 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This game will be televised for cable or satellite viewers in both standard and hi-definition via ESPN. In addition, many cable and satellite providers make the WatchESPN broadband sports network available to their customers free of charge, so they can watch live streaming online sports events, like today's game. Other ways to watch or listen to the game include NBA League Pass and Sirius XM Satellite radio subscriptions.