XFINITY's #5ToFollow: Wednesday, December 25

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Vance McCullough, the voice of @XFINITYSports, delivers his analysis of the five key games to watch online, paired with five Twitter follows to give you insider information on the matchup. Have a matchup that you’d like Vance to feature? Tweet @XFINITYSports with the hashtag #5ToFollow.

1. Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets

Details: Wednesday, December 25 @ 12:00 PM ET – Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: As you sit down on Christmas and eat your turkey or duck, make sure you’re streaming this Eastern Conference game. Two of the biggest and toughest post players will go hard in the paint, as Joakim Noah vs. Kevin Garnett will steal the show. Who will be the bigger Grinch when these two take the court at noon on Christmas Day? This year, it’s OK to stream at the table! Make sure you’ve got the XFINTY TV Go App and stream the holiday hoops.

#5ToFollow Insider: Aggrey Sam - @CSNBullsInsider

CSN Chicago’s Insider will be busy tweeting the dunks and dimes while most are unwrapping gifts. Make sure you’re streaming the game and following Sam when the Bulls and Nets tipoff on Christmas Day!

Follow: @CSNBullsInsider

2. Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs

Details: Wednesday, December 25 @ 8:00 PM ET – AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: Wind down on Christmas night with holiday hoops that will be quite the sight. Tim Duncan will be shooting, rebounding, and blocking, while Dwight Howard will be dunking, and at halftime check his Christmas stocking. James Harden’s beard will look like Good Old Saint Nick and Danny Green will be shooting his three’s off oh so quick. So sit down by the fire or stream this in the car, because holiday hoops are here, so set your DVR.

#5ToFollow Insider: Adam Wexler - @AdamWexlerCSN

The Houston Rockets Digital Beat Reporter, Adam Wexler, is bringing you the top tweets from San Antonio. His tweets are his gifts to his followers - it is Christmas folks!

Follow: @AdamWexlerCSN

3. Manchester City vs. Liverpool

Details: Thursday, December 26 @ 12:30 PM ET – Ethiad Stadium – Manchester, England, U.K.

Watch Here: NBCSN on XFINITY

Why Watch: It’s Boxing Day and the Premier League is on and rolling as two of the League’s top scoring clubs take it to the pitch. Luis Suarez is from another planet, I am convinced, as the superb Liverpool striker has 19 goals in 12 games played. While Suarez is hot, Man City is the hotter team. The Blues are at the top of the table and will look for Yaya to steal the spotlight from Suarez, netting more goals on the day after Christmas. Get ready to stream the best of the EPL as the #BPLonNBC takes over your Thursday.

#5ToFollow Insider: Joe Prince-Wright - @JPW_NBCSports

JPW is across the pond and reporting for NBC Sports on the latest in the Premiere League. Make sure you’re following as two title contenders kickoff Thursday’s final #BPLonNBC match.

Follow: @JPW_NBCSports

4. Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green

Details: Thursday, December 26 @ 6:00 PM ET – Ford Field – Detroit, MI

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: Ford Field will be a familiar place to the 2013 MAC Champion Bowling Green Falcons. The Falcons claimed their first MAC Title in 21 years there on Dec. 6, 20 days before this bowl game. Pitt also brings an impact on the defensive side of the ball, led by ACC Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald. The 285-pound defensive tackle has sacked the QB 10 times this season and is averaging 2.2 tackles for a loss (leading the nation). Can the Falcons win with interim coach Adam Scheier or will Pitt take home the Little Caesar’s Bowl Trophy?

#5ToFollow Insider: Anson Whaley - @AnsonWhaley

Whaley is the man behind SB Nation’s Cardiac Hill, the PITT Panthers blog. He’ll be bringing you the stats, social trends, and everything #PITT Thursday night from the Little Caesar’s Bowl.

Follow: @AnsonWhaley

5. Northern Illinois vs. Utah State

Details: Thursday, December 26 @ 9:30 PM ET – Qualcomm Stadium - San Diego, CA

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: Jordan Lynch is coming off the Heisman stage as a finalist and strapping on the pads to face the Mountain West’s toughest defense, the Utah State Aggies. Lynch is a dynamic quarterback who can run and throw, and is 119 rushing yards away from becoming the first QB in NCAA history to pass and run for 2,000+ yards in the same season. The Aggies defense has allowed only two 100-yard rushers twice in 13 games, with a season high of 115 yards, four less than Lynch needs. Will history happen in the #PoinsettiaBowl? Stream the game live and find out.

#5ToFollow Insider: The Poinsettia Bowl - @PoinsettiaBowl

Make sure you’re following the official account of the Poinsettia Bowl for the game hashtag, behind-the-scenes photos, and in-game updates.

Follow: @PoinsettiaBowl

For more behind the scenes insights from the biggest sporting events and inside information on sports & social media, make sure to follow Vance McCullough, the XFINITY Sports Guy, @XFINITYSports.

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