The Lakers and Knicks matchup at Staples on Christmas Day could mark a changing of the guard in more ways then one.  While PG Steve Nash slated to return as early as Saturday, Tuesday’s game with the Knicks could be the reunion of Nash and coach Mike D’Antoni under whom Nash enjoyed the most productive seasons of his career.  With the 12-14 Lakers still struggling to find an identity so far this season, Nash’s return could not come at a better time. 


In contrast, D’Antoni’s former team could not have gotten off to better start this season.  Leaning on the offensive prowess of the NBA’s second-leading scorer Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks boast a lethal perimeter game and stifling defense led by last year’s DPOY Tyson Chandler.  Key contributions from veterans Jason Kidd, Rasheed Wallace, and JR Smith have New York sitting at 19-6 and their healthy lead in the Atlantic Division should allow Mike Woodson to slowly work Amar’e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert back into the team’s rotation as both players return to form. 


All this adds up to one of the marquee games in the NBA so far this season.  And by taking a look at the trend in prices on the secondary market Los Angeles Lakers Tickets, this is not lost on LA fans either.  The average price for Lakers vs Knicks Tickets is $486 a piece.  In fact, it will cost fans $120/ticket just to get in the door at Staples Tuesday.  These prices make this game the third most in-demand Lakers game for the season, behind only matchups with the Heat on 1/17 and Thunder on 1/27.  Furthermore, for Knicks tickets, this is the second most in demand road matchup for the Knicks this season. 


With the Knicks trying to shift the balance of power in the NBA in their favor, Tuesday’s “family affair” at Staples could be a crucial matchup as the Lakers try to right the ship. 


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