Christmas 2019 Bucks Sixers


How to watch the big Bucks vs. Sixers Christmas Day matchup

The Bucks and Sixers kick off ABC's NBA coverage, with a great matchup leading off a massive tripleheader.


Kahron Spearman


Posted on Dec 25, 2019   Updated on May 19, 2021, 7:35 pm CDT

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks (13-11) make the short flight over to meet Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers at Well Fargo Center in downtown Philadelphia.

The Sixers have played with more consistency as of late, but have also had some lapses–such as their recent loss to a Luka Doncic-less Dallas Mavericks. However, this game will be the biggest test of the season so far for both teams. The Bucks have been the league’s best team, gauging by their record and wins over the West’s presumed favorites in the Lakers and Clippers. They aren’t just winning either, the Bucks’ point differential of 12.8 says they’re the cream of the crop.

However, the Sixers were built specifically to defeat the reigning MVP’s downhill domination, with big bodies Embiid, Al Horford, and Tobias Harris showing length and clogging lanes. 

There’s a significant problem with that plan, of course, if you’ve been paying attention. Giannis can now shoot over the top of that plan.


Milwaukee Bucks vs. Philadelphia 76ers

  • When: 2:30pm ET, Wednesday, Dec. 25
  • Where: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Streaming: ABC

Stream NBA games: 5 ways to watch NBA games online

1) Sling TV

Sling TV has two distinct channel packages, both of which are priced at $25 per month. You want Sling Orange, which comes with both ESPN and TNT. From there you can add the Sling Orange Sports Pack for $5 per month to unlock NBA TV. That means you get by at just $30 per month. That said, if you live the Bay Area, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Portland, or Washington, D.C., you might want to upgrade to Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month) so that you can get local coverage from NBC Sports. There’s just one drawback: Sling TV doesn’t offer ABC in its local channels (or provide an on-demand alternative). With most ABC live games, you can stream via the WatchESPN app. Here’s hoping that proves true when it comes to streaming NBA games. Otherwise, you’ll want to invest in an HD antenna(Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels.) As noted previously, Sling TV is the only service that allows you to include NBA League Pass as an add-on.

Game-changing feature: Price. Sling TV allows you to stream NBA games without breaking the bank. 


2) Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu TV
  • Cost: $54.99 per month
  • Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
  • Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
  • Channels included: ABC, ESPN, TNT, NBCSN

Hulu with Live TV doesn’t offer a way to watch NBA TV, but if that’s not a deal-breaker, it’s a great way to watch NBA games online. Plus, each subscription unlocks Hulu’s deep catalog of TV shows and movies, so you’ll have plenty to watch after the final whistle blows. For an extra $4 per month, you can upgrade to Hulu with No Commercials.  

Game-changing feature: Every subscription comes with free access to Hulu’s on-demand library, meaning you can catch up on all of your favorite shows. (Here are our picks for the best movies on Hulu, Hulu documentaries, anime, and the must-see Hulu originals.)


3) AT&T Now

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  • Cost: $50-$135 per month
  • Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)

There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.


4) YouTube TV

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YouTube TV

Like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV offers just one package of channels, and it’s a stacked lineup for sports, with everything you need to stream NBA games. YouTube TV also includes FS1, Big Ten Network, SEC Network, and CBS Sports Network. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)

Game-changing feature: You can add up to six accounts per household, and each one of those accounts gets unlimited cloud DVR. Even better: You can fast-forward through ads in recorded programs.


5) NBA League Pass

NBA League Pass
NBA League Pass

Real ballers splurge for NBA League Pass. The premium service lets you stream more NBA games than you could possibly count (basically everything that’s not already on national TV or subject to local blackouts). It’s a bit pricey, but you can save some money with NBA Team Pass, which follows the same broadcast restrictions but focuses on one specific team (all the games for the New York Knicks, for example). If you’re only interested in specific matchups, you can buy single NBA games, and new this year, you can purchase just the fourth quarter for $1.99. Both NBA League Pass and Team Pass also offer games in VR.

You can order NBA League Pass and NBA Team Pass online from or as part of B/R Live or a Sling TV subscription. No matter which one you choose, it’s going to cost the same.

NBA League Pass price breakdown (the Christmas sale edition):

  • NBA League Pass (all teams): $199 per year or $28.99 per month (now down to $149.99 for the remainder of the season)
  • NBA League Pass Premium (all teams + in-arena stream): $249.99 per year or $39.99 per month (but now just $179.99 for the remainder of the season)
  • NBA Team Pass (one team): $119.99 per year or $17.99 per month (but now available for $89.99 from Christmas through the rest of the season) 
  • NBA League Pass Audio: $9.99 per year
  • NBA League Pass single games: $6.99
  • NBA League Pass fourth-quarter action: $1.99 per game

NBA League Pass devices: Amazon Fire TV and Kindle devices, Roku 3 and 4, Apple TVAndroid TV, Samsung smart TVs, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and 4, Amazon Alexa and Amazon Echo, Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream View, PlayStation VR, Windows Mixed Reality, iOS, and Android devices

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Philadelphia 76ers: What to watch for

How Antetokounmpo uses his new-found shooting ability, or at least his confidence in it, will be a major key to the game, as it will likely foretell the Bucks’ chances of getting to the Finals.

The reality is that Greek Freak is changing the geometry of the court, enabling not only his downhill dribble drives, but also his spacing for his teammates. In fact, it changes spacing even when he doesn’t have the ball, because his primary defender can’t sag away to help in any direction. It’s an awful position for whoever’s tasked with guarding Antetokounmpo. Bigs will be in no-man’s-land no matter what. Smaller players won’t bother to counter his shot or they will be posted up. 

NBA podcast: Week 9 review

Check out the author’s NBA podcast covering news of the last seven days in the league. The crew talks about how mid-season tournaments, all-decade teams, and Kawhi Leonard’s Uncle Dennis. Also, they’d like you to listen and subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen to your favorites.

Listen below (also NSFW)

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*First Published: Dec 25, 2019, 6:30 am CST