According to a Jan. 25, 2014 ESPN-NY report, today’s schedule pins the L.A. Lakers and N.Y. Knicks for the first time this NBA season, in an interconference game that will be nationally televised on ABC and ESPNR and live streaming online on ESPN3.
Madison Square Garden will be filled to capacity to see how (16-27) New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony follows his 62-point outburst when the Kobe Bryant-less (16-28) Los Angeles Lakers come to town.
Opening tipoff is scheduled for 3:40 p.m. EST (2:40 p.m. CST/1:40 p.m. MST/12:40 p.m. PST) from New York, N.Y., following the 2014 NBA Finals rematch between the San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat on ABC.
This game will also be streaming live for those looking to watch the action on a desktop, tablet, or other Internet mobile devices. Watch-ABC would be the first online option for English-speakers, while ESPN-Deportes (En Español) will provide live streaming services with Spanish commentary.
The Knickerbockers are coming off a historic, 125-96 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats that still has the league buzzing. Connecting on 23-of-35 shots, Anthony set a new record for points scored at the World’s Most Famous Arena, surpassing the injured Bryant by a mere free throw.
“I made history tonight, with the performance, but just to be a part of that group of people, like I said, there's only a small group of people that knows what that zone feels like and tonight I was one of them,” Anthony said after the game.
Under normal circumstances, the buildup to this live stream NBA game would’ve been how the “Black Mamba” would respond to Anthony’s feat in his first and only visit to MSG.
However, with Kobe on the shelf with a knee injury, and with the Lakers being a huge disappointment this NBA 2014 season, all eyes will be on the man they call “Melo” and what he may have in store for an encore.
“If anyone was to break my Knicks record that I have held for so long, I'm absolutely delighted that it was Carmelo,” said Bernard King, who’s now third in the list of most points scored by a Knick at MSG.
As far as the game itself is concerned, basketball fans can expect to see a highly contested affair of sub-500 teams. Las Vegas’ point spreads and NBA oddsmakers predict the point-differential will be in the single digits this afternoon with N.Y. prevailing by a minimum of -5½ points versus L.A. [+5½].
Furthermore, don’t expect to see much defense today, as the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total to 209 points total, while alternate betting lines go as follows: Knickerbockers [-220 ML] favored straight-up against the Lake Show [+185 ML].
ATS Betting Action Prior to ABC TV Game Time
- Los Angeles spread: 46 percent (662 wagers).
- New York spread: 54 percent (792 wagers).
- OVER: 61 percent (676 units)
- UNDER: 39 percent (436 units).
Trends to Consider Prior to ESPN Live Stream Online
- Over is 7-0 in Lakers last 7 overall.
- Over is 6-0 in Lakers last 6 road games.
- Over is 6-0 in Lakers last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Knicks are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Knicks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Under is 6-0 in Knicks last 6 games following a ATS win.
- Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
- Lakers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
With an injured Kobe Bryant watching from the Lakers bench, how many points will Carmelo Anthony put-up today at Madison Square Garden? Don’t miss this NBA schedule 2014 live streaming and nationally televised game between the L.A. Lakers and the N.Y. Knicks at the aforementioned TV and online start time.