We assume you know by now that the Knicks won’t get close enough to the Boston Celtics to identify them in a police lineup—as we go to press, the oddsmakers say both the Lakers and the Cavs have a 100 percent chance of making the playoffs; the Knicks, 11 percent. So, if you don’t mind seeing the home team crushed and humiliated twice in three days, here’s your chance to see what could be the two best teams in the league—the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant tonight, and the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 4 with Lebron James. Tickets, as always, are going to be harder to find than an open lane in the Cavs’ league-leading D, but StubHub is likely to have a few left by the time you read this. If you want to catch the games with friends, let us suggest the St. Marks Ale House at 2 St. Marks Place. With 14 HDTVs, the mahogany-toned bar serves a selection of 24 beers and ales perfect for washing down the Baker’s Dozen Traditional Wings or Tex-Mex Nachos.

Mon., Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m., 2009

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 21, 2009

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