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NBA Christmas Day: League reportedly making contingency plans due to COVID, but marquee games remain scheduled

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Changes to the schedule could come as late as Dec. 24, and the NBA is planning to prioritize the 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET time slots on national TV, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

As it stands, this is the Christmas Day schedule:

  • Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks, 12 p.m. ET
  • Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks, 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns, 5 p.m. ET
  • Brooklyn Nets at Los Angeles Lakers, 8 p.m. ET
  • Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz, 10:30 p.m. ET

Entering Tuesday, the Suns and Jazz are the only teams scheduled to play on Christmas that don’t have at least one player in the health and safety protocols. They’ve already had two games postponed: Dec. 19 vs. the Denver Nuggets and Dec. 21 vs. the Washington Wizards. The former entered on Dec. 14, so he could be cleared by Christmas, but the latter three are unlikely to be available that day.

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