The 2013 NBA live stream online and TV schedule for Thursday, Dec. 5 brings a doubleheader to fans to enjoy. In the first matchup, the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets renew their rivalry as the two struggling teams try to salvage their season. In the second game, the NBA champion Miami Heat team visits the Chicago Bulls, who are clinging to playoff hopes despite losing Derrick Rose for another season. The latest televised and live streaming NBA games will be presented via the TNT networks for basketball fans.
According to ESPN.com on Dec. 5, both the Knicks and Nets come in tonight’s TNT live TV and online game with 13 losses, and not many wins. The Nets have 5 wins, but have played two more gams than their New York counterparts, as the Knicks have registered just 3 W’s. Carmelo Anthony recently called his team “the laughingstock of the league right now,” while Nets coach Jason Kidd said “Both teams stink.” The Nets and Knicks rank only above the Milwaukee Bucks right now in terms of the Eastern Conference basement dwellers.
However, there is a lot of season left, and still some potential to improve. Either team could run off a decent enough win streak to contend for a playoff spot, based on how the East tends to play out. Right now, the 8th spot is being held by the Charlotte Bobcats at a record of 8-11 overall, although four teams are ahead of Brooklyn and New York for that final spot. A win tonight will at the very least give one of the New York franchises some bragging rights, for whatever it’s worth, or it could lead to the momentum needed to start salvaging their season.
Odds makers have this game as a “pick em” situation, or too close to call, after it initially opened with the Knicks as the favorites by 1 1/2 points. The over/under has settled around 189 1/2 at various sports books. Nets guard Deron Williams is listed as doubtful, while Paul Pierce is listed as out, with no notable injuries for the Knicks as of this report.
The Miami Heat enter tonight’s game looking to rebound from a home loss against the Pistons on Tuesday, 107-97. Dwyane Wade sat out the game, and the Pistons managed to snap Miami’s ten-game winning streak. LeBron James finished with 23 points in a losing effort at home, and summed it up as "It's a miss or make league at times. They made. We missed." His comment was in response to the 44% field goal shooting that Miami had in the game, which they’ll look to improve upon Thursday night.
With the Chicago Bulls, anything is possible, but the team has been hurting, literally and figuratively, since Derrick Rose went down with an injury to his other leg, requiring season-ending surgery. The Bulls, who are 7-9 overall and 5-1 at the United Center, are coming off a 131-128 over time loss against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday in which Luol Deng led the way with 37 points, while Taj Gibson had 14 rebounds. To the Bulls’ credit, they may have the answer to Miami that the Pistons did. Chicago is currently third in the league in rebounding, and has the front court to take advantage where Miami is lacking.
Coming into this game Dwyane Wade is once again a question mark for the Heat, listed as questionable to play tonight. However, Miami opened at 4 1/2 point favorites by odds makers and have risen to 5 points at some sports books as of this report. The over/under is listed at 189 total points for the game.
Thursday night's NBA doubleheader begins at 7 p.m. EST with the New York Knicks vs. the Brooklyn Nets. The second game of the doubleheader, the Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls, has a scheduled start time of 9:30 p.m. EST. Both games will be televised on cable and satellite services via TNT in standard and hi-definition. The Knicks vs. Nets game is also listed for live streaming online coverage through TNT Overtime, which presents multiple camera angles of the games. The Heat vs. Bulls game is not listed for this coverage, but may be available online for NBA League Pass broadband subscribers.