Weekend Watchdog: Sports under the tree
Five NBA games tip off Christmas Day, with the two biggest on ABC. The Celtics head south to face Orlando at 2:30 p.m., then at 5 p.m. LeBron, D-Wade and the crew take the Heat against the Kobe and the Lakers.
The day starts at noon on ESPN with the Bulls visiting Chicago at noon. At 8 p.m., Denver takes on Oklahoma City followed by Portland-Golden State.
NFL Network has its final games this week, with Dallas visiting Arizona Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The weekend begins with Carolina traveling to Pittsburgh Thursday at 8. Once the Steelers ice the Panthers, rink-building begins for the NHL’s Winter Classic New Year’s Day.
The NFL moved Vikings-Eagles to the Sunday night NBC slot, and the NFC South battle between the Saints and Falcons has coverage on ESPN Monday.
Sunday afternoon, the Ravens visit Cleveland on CBS. FOX has the doubleheader, with the Redskins taking on Jacksonville in the early game and the Giants-Packers earning the 4:15 p.m. spotlight.
College bowl season continues Thursday in San Diego, as Navy faces San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Tulsa spends Christmas Eve in Hawaii, meeting the Rainbow Warriors at 8 p.m., while Sunday at 8:30 p.m. Florida International takes on Troy in the Little Caesar’s Bowl.
College basketball has a few contests over the Christmas weekend. ESPN2 shows Georgetown-Memphis Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by a game from the Diamondhead Classic. Friday starting at 7 p.m., there’s two games from the Cancun Governor’s Cup.
Christmas Night, there’s two more games from the Diamondhead Classic at 7 p.m.
MASN has St. Francis of Pa. taking on Cincinnati Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Capitals host Pittsburgh Thursday on Comcast, then visit Carolina Sunday on Comcast-plus.