This weekend on TV: Are you ready for some NBA basketball?
Published: December 23, 2011 09:32AM
Updated: January 6, 2012 03:26PM
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Photo illustration by Todd Adams | The Salt Lake Tribune Fan favorites Kobe Bryant (24), Carmelo Anthony (7), Dwight Howard (12), Kevin Garnett, Derek Rose (1) and Kevn Durant (35) are some of the stars the NBA will deliver on Christmas Day.

The NBA returns from the lockout with a quartet of games on ABC/Ch. 4 and ESPN. Because nothing says Christmas like professional basketball.

The holiday games are Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks (12:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4); Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Lakers (3 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4); Orlando Magic at Oklahoma City Thunder (6 p.m., ESPN); and Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors (8:30 p.m,. ESPN).

By the way, the Utah Jazz open the regular season on Tuesday, Dec. 27, in Los Angeles against the Lakers.

Elsewhere on Friday ...

Chuck (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): In "Chuck versus the Santa Suit," a computer virus threatens to ruin Christmas at Buy More.

Olive the Other Reindeer (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Charming 1999 animation. (Repeat)

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (7 p.m., ABC Family): 1989 comedy. (Repeat)

A Christmas Carol (7 p.m., TNT): Patrick Stewart stars in this 1999 TV movie. (Repeat)

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Taped a year ago, the MoTabs are joined by soon-to-be LDS missionary David Archuleta and Michael York. (Repeat)

Sanctuary (8 and 10 p.m., Syfy): In the first of a two-parter, the team races to prevent the unleashing of a doomsday weapon.

Elsewhere on Saturday ...

NFL football: Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills (11 a.m., CBS/Ch. 2); New York Giants at New York Jets (11 a.m., Fox/Ch. 13); Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (2:15 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13)

College football (6 p.m., ESPN): Honolulu Bowl - Nevada vs. Southern Mississippi

The Sound of Music (6 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): This 1965 classic isn't a Christmas movie, but it's certainly got the right spirit. (Repeat)

A Christmas Story marathon (6 p.m., TBS): The 1983 movie airs every two hours, continuing until 6 p.m. Sunday.

It's a Wonderful Life (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): "Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings." Classic 1946 film. (Repeat)

The Nerdist: Year in Review (7 and 11:30 p.m., BBC America): Counting down the year's top nerd moments.

The Graham Norton Show (8 p.m., BBC America): Matt Smith ("Doctor Who") guests on the annual holiday special.

Elsewhere on Sunday ...

NFL: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (6:15 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5)

The Simpsons (7 p.m., Ch. 13): This season's holiday episode - which flashes 30 years into the future - is definitely worth watching. (Repeat)

Doctor Who (7, 9:20 and 11:40 p.m., BBC America): This year's Christmas episode is a "Chronicles of Narnia" take-off titled "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe."

Leverage (7 and 10 p.m., TNT): The team searches for a philanthropist's missing wife.

Masterpiece Classic (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): In "Downton Abbey," the rivalry between Mary and Edith intensifies. (Repeat)