Knicks and Nets back in action
The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets both welcome in visitors on Sunday afternoon as the Atlantic Division rivals return to the fray.
Five and a half games ahead of the Nets in the Division, the Knicks will look to rebound from Friday's disappointing game when they fell to the visiting Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden.
News on Saturday was that Rasheed Wallace has a stress fracture in his foot and is unlikely to play any time soon after missing the past four games.
Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves, coming off a 99-93 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, will look to take advantage of Wallace's absence, as the big man has been a valuable contributor backing up Tyson Chandler.
At the Barclays Center in Brooklyn the Nets play the Philadelphia 76ers for the first time this season. Losers of three straight and eight of their past 10 outings, the Nets are in something of a free fall and have six games on the slate before the end of the year.
Boston follow the 76ers into Brooklyn on Christmas Day and the Celtics are a half game behind the Nets in the Division after losing last time out to the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime.
Saturday the Miami Heat picked up their fourth consecutive victory with a 105-89 defeat of the Utah Jazz at the American Airlines Arena in South Florida.
Chris Bosh was absent with the flu and Shane Battier moved into the starting line up as a result. LeBron James led all scorers with 30 points and added nine rebounds and seven assists in an excellent all around performance prior to the Heat clashing with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas Day.
The Heat are 3/4 to win the NBA Championship, with Oklahoma City Thunder 7500/1.
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