While you’re busy ripping holiday-themed wrapping paper off boxes and sipping too much eggnog, there will be a slate of excellent games you can play in the background to drown out the sound of your elderly relative napping next to you.

Hooray NBA Christmas games!

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While there are some intriguing matchups — LeBron James vs. the Heat, Pau Gasol vs. the Lakers, Steph Curry vs. Chris Paul — the best game will most likely come when the Thunder and Spurs face off in a rematch of last year’s Western Conference Finals.

There is a sense of urgency present for both teams.

After a slow start without its stars, every game feels like it has postseason ramifications for Oklahoma City, which is trying to sneak into a playoff spot.

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stbrook has been incredibly dominant since his return from a broken hand. On the season, the point guard averages 27.4 points, 7.2 assists and 5.5 rebounds. Injury-riddled Kevin Durant has only played in nine games this season, and he sat out Oklahoma City’s last two games with a sprained ankle. Whether or not he plays could be the difference on Christmas day.

Meanwhile, the Spurs have flown under the radar this season, remaining on track with coach Gregg Popovich’s master plan. However, they have hit a mid-season slump of sorts, dropping six of their last eight and sliding to No. 7 in the west.

Popovich has been generous about resting his veterans, and with the two triple overtime thrillers they’ve played in recently, it makes sense. Father time lingers at their door step.

On the season, Tony Parker leads five Spurs averaging double figures with 16.0 points, adding 5.3 assists and 1.7 rebounds.

The Thunder and Spurs tip off at 2:30 p.m. ET on Thursday in San Antonio.

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