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Brady, Ortiz, and Edelman all helping out with the KD recruitment effort

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If you’re trying to recruit Kevin Durant to play for your team, your first thought is naturally to empty your wallet right? Or write a blank check, maybe? Basically, just start throwing money at him and hope it’s more than the other guy.

Well, not if you’re the Celtics. If you’re Boston, your first thought is, naturally: bring in Brady. And so here’s TB12 in the flesh, strolling through the Hampton streets to make a celeb cameo at Durant’s meeting with the C’s.

Nothing is going to make anyone want to come to Boston more than the classic “We have Brady” line, right? Well that’s exactly the kind of Boston charm that the Celtics are hoping will drive KD to sign.

(Side note: I’m on the lookout to see if any Super Bowl rings made an appearance in that meeting. I guarantee Brady sat there tapping those ringed fingers on the table to send that ‘subtle’ championship message.  “Hey Kev, this is entirely irrelevant to you but just in case you didn’t know, we’ve (I’ve) won four Super Bowls. Come to Boston!”-TB)

But Brady isn’t the only one that has enlisted to help the recruitment cause: fellow Patriot Julian Edelman sent out a Boston-promotional tweet with a not-so-subtle @KD tag.

And just in case the Pats don’t do it for Durant, Big Papi himself sent out a nice personal message to the prospect.

I don’t know what else Kevin Durant could possibly need here. (A big fat check probably, but that’s beside the point). I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if Brady’s signature Boston name and not-so-signature Boston good-looks were enough to charm KD.


NBA Christmas Day Slate has Warriors, Spurs Among Odds Favorites

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Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors typically manage to cover when they face a close line on the road. The Warriors are listed as 3.5-point favorites on the NBA betting lines against the Cleveland Cavaliers for their Christmas Day matchup, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Warriors are finding their peak form and are 14-2 straight-up and 7-8-1 against the spread on the road this season. The smallest line in any of the ATS losses, though, was 8.5 points.

The main matchup will be Durant against LeBron James, who has helped Cleveland forge a home record of 15-2 SU and 10-6-1 ATS. The Cavaliers are trying to replace injured SG J.R. Smith (right thumb surgery). Star forward Kevin Love (left knee bruise) also has an injury issue, but only had to play 25 minutes during a blowout win on Friday.

The Christmas Day slate begins with the New York Knicks hosting the Boston Celtics in a pick’em contest. The key matchup will be at point guard – the Knicks’ Derrick Rose and the Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas. Boston is 7-3 SU and 8-2 ATS in its last 10 road games and has found a rhythm since C Al Horford returned from injury.

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (right knee contusion) could have his minutes closely monitored to avoid aggravating his injury.

The San Antonio Spurs are favored by 7.5 points against the Chicago Bulls in a matchup headlined by two elite small forwards, the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard and the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler. It is tough to go against San Antonio being 14-0 SU and 11-3 ATS in December home games over the last two seasons, particularly with Chicago’s erratic perimeter shooting.

The Bulls are 4-6 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games as a road underdog, according to the OddsShark NBA Database.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are favored by 4.5 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Thunder PG Russell Westbrook is carrying his team which has been inconsistent at home, going 9-6 SU and 8-7 ATS this season.

Minnesota has plenty of promise in C Karl-Anthony Towns and SF Andrew Wiggins, but awful defense has kept them from getting into the playoff picture. The Timberwolves are 1-9 SU and 4-6 ATS in their last 10 road games against the Thunder.

And the availability of Chris Paul (hamstring) will weigh heavily on the lines for the Christmas nightcap between the Los Angeles Lakers and Paul’s Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers are also without PF Blake Griffin (minor knee surgery), but D’Angelo Russell and the young Lakers are struggling at 0-4 SU and ATS in their last four divisional games.

The Clippers are 10-0 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games as the favorite against the Lakers.

Watch Bulls vs. Clippers basketball game, live online stream

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Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers (11-2) look to stay hot when they host Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls (8-4). The Clippers extended the best start in franchise history with a 121-115 road victory at the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

The Bulls, riding a four-game winning streak, will play the third of six consecutive games on the road during their annual circus trip. Butler has poured in 20 or more points in a career-high six straight games and has recorded a 20+ point, 10+ rebound performance in back-to-back contests.

Watch the game live here:

When: 10:30 PM ET

Broadcast Network: NBATV

Live Stream: NBATV.com