New York Knicks (9-3) vs. Brooklyn Nets (8-4)
At long last, the Knicks and Nets will meet in the battle of New York. A new rivalry is born and the excitement in The Big Apple is pretty palpable. TNT reported on its pregame show that Raymond Felton compares the excitement for this rivalry to North Carolina-Duke.
Pushing it back after Hurricane Sandy might have done more to build this thing up.
There is a lot of pride on the line in this one. The Knicks have to fight for fans in Brooklyn and show that their hot start is for real and one that fans throughout the city can attach themselves to. The Nets are fighting to get a share of the Knicks' pie.
More than that though, there is the basketball game. These two teams are second and third in the East, first and second in the Atlantic Division in this early part of the season.
Both teams have had their successes and both teams have had few failures.
This is not just a battle for New York, this is a good basketball ...