Los Angeles Lakers vs. New York Knicks
NBA / Interconference
Friday, February 10th, 2012
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY. 8:00 PM EST
Analysis of the Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers have played well this season and, by all accounts, have met expectations. They’ve started 14-11 in the tougher of the two conferences and are led by arguably the most lethal player in the country in Kobe Bryant. Back-to-back games against two of the most historic and most popular teams in the NBA, the Celtics and the Knicks, will prove to be a challenge for this veteran squad however.
Analysis of the New York Knicks (11-15)
The trade for Carmelo Anthony hasn’t exactly panned out for the Knicks. They believed that getting the perennial All-Star paired up with fellow All-Star Amare Stoudemire would lead to an NBA Championship. The team chemistry that other teams with big names have, like the Celtics/Heat/Clippers, has eluded this team up to this point. That said, they’ve reeled off 3 wins in a row due to the emergence of Harvard graduate PG Jeremy Lin, a guy who came out of nowhere to suddenly become the biggest story in the NBA.
Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant
Was there any other choice? Kobe is the man on this team, and he’ll be playing under the brightest of lights in historic Madison Square Garden. Another 40 point game would certainly help the Lakers odds of winning this road test.
New York Knicks: Jeremy Lin
Are there other more talented players on this squad? Of course. Is anybody getting anywhere near the amount of hype that Lin is? Not at all. Lin may not get as many minutes once Carmelo and Amare return to the team, but his emergence (and only his) have led the Knicks to recent wins. He’ll have to do it again on Friday to keep the streak alive.
The Lakers have proven to be the worst at taking the ball away in the league this year, only getting the ball from a steal 5.5 times each game. The Knicks have a significant advantage in this aspect, as they get the ball off steals 9.5 times each game, a 4-steal advantage (good for 2nd in the league as well). A consistent amount of steals/turnovers for the Knicks may be enough to turn the tide of this game.
New York Knicks Vs Los Angeles Lakers Tickets
Knicks Vs Lakers Tickets are selling strong for this match up. Top Deck section 427 Row C are starting at $178 a ticket. 300 Level Tickets behind the basket (319 to be exact) are starting at $225 a ticket. If your looking to be in the 100 level there is section $120 (corner) starting at about $471.00 a ticket and to sit section 10 row 2 is starting around $2256.00 a ticket. Drum roll please……courtside section 12 row AA are $3570.00 a ticket.
The Knicks aren’t one of the better teams in the NBA anymore, and the Lakers are barely holding on to their “elite” tag as well. Carmelo and Amare out will mean less star-power and more minutes for the Knicks reserves, which may or may not be a bad thing (they might find another Jeremy Lin). But on the other side of the ball is Kobe Bryant, a man you’d have to insane not to pick when he’s playing in MSG.
Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers: 102 – New York Knicks: 95