NBA Christmas Day games are one of the league’s most fun traditions, and Boston Celtics fans almost always get to be in on the fun. As both one of the most successful and most popular franchises in the league, Boston is a team that the NBA always wants to have at center stage.
The Christmas Day schedule for 2023 was leaked Thursday night and, surprise, it features Boston prominently. It’s also a vintage rivalry matchup for Celtics fans.
Of course it’s no surprise to see the league playing favorites with LeBron and the Lakers, so we’re on the road, but a Celtics-Lakers matchup is always going to be a lot of fun.
The Lakers have a record of .500 or better against 28 NBA franchises. The only exception? You guessed it.
The Celtics are an all-time 165-133 against L.A., and recent results have really helped widen that gap. We’ve won four of our last five against the Lakers.
Don’t expect things to change this year, either. Despite recent playoff struggles, the Celtics are the favorites to win the 2023-24 NBA Championship while the Lakers rank a distant sixth.
The Celtics’ preseason action will kick off on October 8, playing one more preseason game than we usually do, but it’s been a long offseason and what fans are really craving is games that matter.
And even the regular season isn’t what we’re really concerned about. All the major regular season success lately has made the inability to come through in the postseason especially frustrating.
This is a make-or-break season for a lot of Celtics, with Jaylen Brown now playing on a massive contract, Jayson Tatum looking for a similar payday and Joe Mazulla probably being on the hot seat after last year’s embarrassing Eastern Conference Finals result.
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