Christmas Day NBA, NFL Action: What's On This Weekend in TV Sports (December 24-25)

 Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks shoots the ball against the Boston Celtics during the third quarter in Game Seven of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals at TD Garden on May 15, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Sports fans will receive the gift of live TV sports events on Christmas Day, courtesy of the NBA and NFL.

On the basketball court, the NBA will offer five games on December 25 that will air on ABC and ESPN, beginning with the Philadelphia 76-ers-New York Knicks, and Los Angeles Lakers-Dallas Mavericks afternoon games, followed by the Milwaukee Bucks-Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies-Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns-Denver Nuggets contests.

On the gridiron, the NFL will offer three Christmas day games, including Green Bay Packers-Miami Dolphins (Fox), Denver Broncos-Los Angeles Rams (CBS) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Arizona Cardinals (NBC).

The NFL on Saturday will offer five early afternoon regional games on Fox and CBS, followed by two late afternoon contests (Washington Commanders-San Francisco 49'ers on CBS, and Philadelphia Eagles-Dallas Cowboys on Fox) as well as an NFL Network primetime game (Las Vegas Raiders-Pittsburgh Steelers.)

On the college football bowl front, Middle Tennessee will face San Diego State in the Hawaii Bowl on ESPN. ■

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