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How to watch the Pelicans vs. Nuggets on Christmas Day without cable

Merry Christmas, cord-cutting hoop heads.

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Nikola Jokic has a jumper that is just *chef kiss*. 

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The NBA gives fans the gift of star-studded basketball each Christmas Day. After making coffee and opening presents (in that order), you can settle in for five NBA games. After a jam-packed slate that included Eastern Conference bouts between the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors followed by the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers -- not to mention the battle of Los Angeles between the Clippers and Lakers -- the day of fun winds down with one last game between the Pelicans and Nuggets

While seeing Zion Williamson on Christmas Day was poised to be a treat for all NBA fans, that fun will need to wait for another year as the No. 1 draft pick continues to rehab from injury. Instead, the plucky Pelicans will have to continue playing without him, taking on a strong Nuggets team led by Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.  

The final game of the day is set to tip-off from Denver at 10:30 p.m. ET (9:30 p.m. CT, 8:30 p.m. MT) on ESPN. 

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How to stream NBA Christmas Day games

The games are on either ABC or ESPN. Of the live TV streaming services, Fubo TV is the only one that does not carry ABC and ESPN, while Sling TV has ESPN but not ABC. Check out your cord-cutting options below for streaming all of the games. Not every service carries every local network, however, so check each one using the links below to make sure it carries ABC in your area.

YouTube TV costs $50 a month and includes ABC and ESPN. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see if a live feed of ABC is available in your area. 

PlayStation Vue's basic $50-a-month Access plan includes ABC and ESPN. You can see which local channels are available in your area here. Note that Vue will shut down in January 2020, but in the meantime it's still available.

Hulu with Live TV costs $55 a month and includes ABC and ESPN. Click the "View all channels in your area" link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code.

AT&T TV Now's basic $65-a-month Plus package includes ABC and ESPN. You can use its channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live.

Sling TV's $30-a-month Sling Orange package includes ESPN but none of Sling TV's plans include ABC. (Sling TV is currently discounted by $10 for the first month.) 

All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials, allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our massive streaming services guide.

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Originally published earlier this week.