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The Los Angeles Lakers will clash with the New York Knicks on Christmas Day afternoon in a rematch of their game from earlier this month when Carmelo Anthony and his team got the better of Kobe Bryant and his Lakers. However, the Lakers will be looking to reverse the result today and they should have a good chance with both Steve Nash and Pau Gasol back in action this time around. The game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The Lakers come into this game on the back of their longest winning streak of the season so far. Los Angeles boast a recent home domination in this fixture, and they will be confident of claiming another win today given their good form, and the Knicks troubles on the road this season.
In these two teams' Dec. 13 match up Bryant posted 31 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, where as Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace scored a combined 43. However, that was still not enough for the Lakers, as the Knicks came out on top at Madison Square Garden in a 116-107 win.
That previous game was coach Mike D'Antoni's first game facing the Knicks since he departed ways with the team in March.
The Lakers though will feel more confident about things this time around, and have begun to turn around their season. They have dragged themselves back to 13-14 and another win today would see them climb to .500 - something that looked unlikely to have come so soon following their lackluster start to the season.
After four straight victories the Lakers will be looking to make it five in a row today.
Nash has said ahead of the game: "It's great to be back playing with these guys, it was very painful to sit out. I'm happy I can contribute. We're just trying to build a team and build some spirit, where we go out there we know we got a chance to win and we compete for it and try to earn it every night."
He added, "I'm just anxious to play and get wins. We've won four in a row and if we can keep this going, we put ourselves back in contention. We should be a desperate team right now," according to NBA.com.
New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Lakers is set to tip off at 3 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.