In 2014, the Raptors had the NBA’s second-best record entering Christmas – just a half-game behind the leader – among teams without a Christmas game. In 2015, same thing. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, the Raptors had the very best record entering Christmas among teams without a Christmas game.
This year, the Raptors have the best record in the entire league and… still no Christmas game.
Toronto (25-10) will sit out the NBA’s premier regular season date once again.
It’s no accident. The Raptors reportedly pushed hard for a Christmas game, and their on-court success is no surprise. They won 59 games last season then traded for Kawhi Leonard. They were a safe pick to provide quality play.
Especially because they’ve been so consistently good over the last several years. Here’s every team in the last six seasons with a winning percentage over 60% and no Christmas game