While this clash has been a great NBA rivalry over the years it has every chance of being forgotten as the Knicks ( 16-5), host a Lakers side which have only won twice on the road this season and find themselves at 9-13 for the season.
As if the Madison Square Garden natives need a reason to make some noise, then the return of Mike D’Antoni will certainly help.
After the resignation of D’Antoni the Knicks have been resurgent under the guidance of Mike Woodson.
The two sides have a history which stretches over 60 years having faced each other five times in the NBA finals, the Lakers on top 3-2.
Normally when these two teams face off the boys from L.A. are favorites but tonight the Lakeshow are the underdogs against a franchise which has arguably been the best in the NBA this season.
The last time the two teams met was back in February when the NBA was struck by a case of Linsanity with the Knicks winning 92-85.
Woodson’s slow paced defensive isolation game which has been so successful will come up against the run-and-gun game employed by D’Anotni which has not been effective without his point guard, Steve Nash.
A win for the Lakers tonight will be somewhat of a surprise but, if intensity levels are increased then the Lakers season might finally wake up.
Tonight’s game will certainly provide plenty of fireworks like we have seen in the past, whether it has been the storm of Linsanity or the 61 points recorded by Kobe Bryant back in 2009, tonight’s game will be an unmissable game in a warm up of the Christmas Day clash.