Ranking the Boston Celtics-Toronto Raptors against every Christmas Day game

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When the NBA Christmas Day schedule was released, I was admittedly disappointed by various match-ups–most notably the Boston Celtics taking on the defending NBA Champions. Now that Xmas has arrived, how does the team’s noon matinee stack up against the rest of today’s games?

Christmas has arrived Boston Celtics fans. The gifts of the 2019 NBA off-season have revealed their values, as the team currently sits at the #2 seed in a top-loaded Eastern Conference playoff picture. There is plenty to cherish this holiday season for fans of the NBA’s most successful franchise.

I, admittedly, thought the C’s match-up with Toronto was a lump of coal for NBA fans when it was first announced. The Raptors had lost Kawhi Leonard after winning it all and didn’t project to be a top seed anymore. Little did I know, Paschal Siakam would ascend to an All-NBA talent, averaging 25 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Fred VanVleet also raised his play, transforming into a 17 point, eight assist, four rebound per game stud who shoots 37% on over six 3-point attempts per game.

Somehow, this Raptors team has cobbled together a rotation out of guys like Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Chris Boucher and Patrick McCaw and have won 70% of their games this season. Their status as a marquee team was unfairly called into question, even if the match-up seemed questionable for the NBA’s most important day on the regular season calendar.

As it turns out, the Boston Celtics have one of the juiciest games on the schedule. Based on the results of last season and more so on projections for this season, the NBA’s Xmas slate seemed entertaining enough. Unfortunately, the results of the early portion of the 2019-20 season has made many of these games the opposite of must-see.

The Houdini is going to rank these games based on what we know now more than a quarter of the way through the season:

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