Six NBA Games to Watch in December

Brett FulmoreCorrespondent IDecember 1, 2008

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6. Washington Wizards vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (Dec. 25)

This is the fourth of five games that the NBA is rolling out on Christmas Day, and although there's some other heavyweight tilts on the line-up for Dec. 25, the latest installment in the LeBron vs. DeShawn feud is one that we're anxiously awaiting.

LBJ has a tendency to amaze when the spotlight gets a little brighter, and he'll be fully aware just how many eyes are on him for this game. Plus, there's always the chance that DeShawn Stevenson will do something absolutely insane.


5. L.A Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Dec. 16)

Welcome to the "Blake Griffin Bowl!" Okay, I realize that most of you won't watch this game no matter what I come up with, but I'm sure there will be at least one interested viewer on the Oklahoma campus. The loser of this game will be one step closer to hitting the draft lottery jackpot, and doesn't that make them winners in the end?


4. Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (Dec. 28)

Two of the best players on the planet will meet in Cleveland on the 28th, and I'm not talking about Chris Quinn and Lorenzen Wright. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James will rekindle their friendly rivalry, with both players receiving a chance to make a statement on their respective MVP chances for this season.

If you're unable to catch the game, or don't feel completely satisfied with only 48 minutes of combat between the two, you won't have to wait long. The Heat and the Cavaliers will get it on again two nights later in South Beach.


3. New Jersey Nets vs Toronto Raptors (Dec. 15) 

Vince Carter will make his return to T-Dot for the first time since his gut-wrenching, spirit-breaking, and completely demoralizing performance against the Raps on Nov. 21, a game that saw the Nets come back from an 18-point deficit in the second half on the back of VC.

There might still be some chalk outlines around the Air Canada Center from where Raps fans actually dropped dead from their hearts exploding following Carter's late-game shenanigans last month. Needless to say, Dino supporters will be looking for an early Christmas present with a Raptors victory, and if we're really lucky—a career ending injury to Vince.


2. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics (Dec. 5)

Sitting at 12-6 and atop the Northwest division standings, the Portland Trail Blazers hype machine is quickly picking up steam. They're young, they're exciting, and that Greg Oden fellow is just so damn polite. I'll admit, it's a hard team not to like. The one knock on this Blazers team is experience, and with a date against the defending champs looming on Dec. 5, we won't have to wait long to watch Portland test their mettle against one of the NBA's elite.

Expect the Celts to rough up the Blazers at every opportunity, especially that seven-foot rookie that everyone seems to love so much. The number of hard fouls that Oden should eat on Friday sits somewhere around 15.5. Do the Blazers have what it takes to play with the champs and on the road no less? I think we'll have a better idea of what this team is all about next weekend. 


1. Boston Celtics vs. L.A Lakers (Dec. 25)

Although most of us will be drifting in and out of a gravy-induced coma by this time on Dec. 25, this is the clear "main event" for the month of December. Basketball's greatest rivalry and a re-match of last year's NBA Finals, this game should provide all the drama and excitement that you want to see from a Christmas Day clash.

Will Andrew Bynum's presence in the Lakers lineup be enough to tilt the game in their favor? Do the Celt's still have the Lake Show's number? How many servings will Brian Scalabrine devour on X-mas day? Two? Three? Dare I say Four? So many questions...and only 24 days left until we hopefully get the answers.