WATCH: NBA Drops New Christmas Day Matchup Trailer

NBA spotlights quality Christmas day matchups in new hype video.  

In advance of some marquee December 25th matchups, the NBA has released a new video entitled “The NBA Lights Up Christmas Day.”  

The NBA comes bearing gifts for fans with its captivating Christmas Day schedule. Each game is important and Top 15 players will be featured throughout the five-game slate.

  • Milwaukee Bucks @ New York Knicks (12 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • Oklahoma City Thunder @ Houston Rockets (3 p.m. ET, ABC)
  • Philadelphia 76ers @ Boston Celtics (5:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
  • Los Angeles Lakers @ Golden State Warriors (8 p.m. ET, ABC)
  • Portland Trail Blazers @ Utah Jazz (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)


The clip perfectly captures the excitement of the NBA holiday season through a light show of the superstar player matchups scheduled.


The spot features players from the five different games as holiday light displays, including: 

Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York Knicks) vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)

Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) vs. Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz)

James Harden (Houston Rockets) vs. Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)

Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) vs. Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics)

Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors) vs. LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)

This vid is all set to a modern rendition of “Deck the Halls,” each beat synchronized to the players’ movements.

Which matchup are you looking forward to?

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.