#2 Denver Nuggets v Houston Rockets (Scheduled for December 31st, 2019)
The Houston Rockets do have a Christmas Day matchup against the Golden State Warriors. However, while the Warriors will be competitive with D’Angelo Russell joining the team in a sign and trade coming over from New Jersey, The Warriors rosters have a lost of stars like Andre Iguodala and Kevin Durant during the off-season. Klay Thompson is also out with a knee injury.
There have been several other roster changes that create unknowns concerning the quality of play the Warriors will provide.
As for the Rockets, they just added Russell Westbrook this off-season to their roster and he should be an improvement over Chris Paul.
The Rockets who finished fourth in the Western Conference in 2019 are likely to be a Top 4 team again this season. In 2019, James Harden had a record streak for 30-plus point games and was close to winning a second straight MVP award.
If this Christmas Day matchup featured the Rockets opponents as the Nuggets it would be a great game to watch. The Nuggets were second overall in the West with 54 wins in 2019 and have a plethora of good young talent highlighted by Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic.