It is tough for anyone to predict the future, but that is what NBA schedule makers are tasked to do in the summer before the start of a NBA season. NBA Schedule makers are tasked with predicting what games will matter and mean the most to fans and then put those games in prime slots.
One of the most prime slots of the NBA schedule is on Christmas. The NBA has five games on Christmas this season. Sadly, only two of those five games feature two teams that are over the .500 mark on the season.
When the season began, the game between the Nets and Bulls appeared to be very intriguing. At the time, the Bulls were a team getting their superstar back in Derrick Rose and the Nets were expected to be one of the top teams in the East after the acquisitions of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
As we sit on the eve of Christmas, the Bulls are 10-16 as Rose is out for the remainder of the season and the Nets are a disappointing 9-18. Beyond that, the Nets lost emerging center Brooke Lopez for the rest of the season due to a foot injury.
Needless to say, the game between the Nets and Bulls on Christmas will be ugly. Uglier than the Christmas day jerseys that will be sported by both teams.
No one is perfect, but for the NBA schedule makers, the decision to put the Nets and Bulls in the Christmas day lineup is certainly one that why would like to have back.