Five Sporting Events to Look Forward to On Boxing Day 2013

by
Zohaib Ahmed
The National Basketball Association (NBA) has four games lined up for the Boxing Day, with the pick of them being the Los Angeles Clippers’ visit to the Portland Trail Blazers’ Moda Center.

Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

10:30 PM ET, 26th December 2013

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has four games lined up for the Boxing Day, with the pick of them being the Los Angeles Clippers’ visit to the Portland Trail Blazers’ Moda Center. Why is this the most watchable game for the night? Well, the Clippers, as you know, possess the best distributor in the league at the moment in the form of Chris Paul. So there is that.

But, more importantly, the Trail Blazers’ rising star Damian Lillard is in red-hot form this season, and is establishing himself as one of the most reliable options in the league when the game is on the line. He made another successful clutch play in his team’s 110-107 win over the New Orleans Pelicans last Saturday, and is now threatening to get on par with the league’s true elite. The encounter of the best point guard and someone who can potentially be The Best is what makes this game an extremely mouth-watering affair.

Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs

8:30 PM ET, 26th December 2013

The San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks will go head to head at the latter’s home on Boxing Day as well. The evergreen Spurs sit pretty in third in the Western Conference, still proving their critics wrong. Dallas, on the other hand, hold the seventh position.

The Grergg Popvich-led visitors are clearly the better of the two teams, but the historic rivalry and the home court advantage could spark Rick Carlisle’s men into top gear. This could quite possibly be the last season of Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki in the NBA. The chance to see two of the greatest power forwards going head to head will get rare in coming months, and hence, this one shall not be missed!

Manchester City v Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

05:30 AM ET, 26th December 2013

Top will meet third in the Barclays Premier League on Boxing Day 2013, as Liverpool and Manchester City clash at the Etihad Stadium. In what is set to be the most closely fought PL season in years, the Reds currently sit at the top, but only just. The top five teams are separated by just two points, which makes it a very real possibility that the Merseysiders may not even be in the Champions League places by the end of the night, if everything that could go wrong, does go wrong for them.

City have been in monstrous form at the Etihad so far this season, winning all eight of their outings on home turf. As Jose Mourinho says it, they have easily the best squad in the division. But what they don’t have is Liverpool’s Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan’s purple patch has seen his production rise to levels previously reached only by the Lionel Messis and Cristiano Ronaldos of the football world. If Suarez shows up to play, he can single-handedly tame City, and that prospect makes this the fixture to look forward to. fixture.

South Africa v India

08:00 AM ET, 26th December 2013

The final game of this short, two-Test match series between South Africa and India is scheduled to start later today at Kingsmead. The Proteas inexplicably failed to win the first game despite being in a commanding position. That game ended in a draw, which makes this one a winner-takes-all affair.

India has the strongest batting line-up in the world, while the hosts, South Africa, have lost four straight matches at Kingsmead. It evens things out and makes this game an exciting prospect even for the neutrals.

Barnstaple RFC v Bideford RFC

08:00 AM ET, 26th December 2013

Barnstaple and Bideford will come face to face in a Rugby Union clash at Pottington Road later today. The rivalry between these two clubs has dampened a bit due to Barnstaple’s complete dominance in this fixture for the past few years, but the historic animosity still pretty much exists, which means an action-filled encounter could still happen.

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