The NBA is officially back on Thursday night and there will be a nationally-televised doubleheader going on. In the first game of the back-to-back, the Knicks vs. Cavs will be live streaming and televised around the country. The game features three of this year's NBA All-Star 2017 players from the Eastern Conference as well as a guy that's been constantly mentioned in NBA trade rumors. Here's how to watch the Knicks vs. Cavs live stream online or TV game for Thursday evening.

Knicks vs. Cavaliers matchup

Coming into tonight's game, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers continue to lead all Eastern Conference teams in the standings.

The Cavs are currently 39-16 overall with a 24-5 home record and are winners of their last three games including their 113-104 win over the Indiana Pacers before the NBA All-Star break last week. The Cavs remained rather quiet heading towards Thursday's deadline, leaving fans to believe they are going to work with what they have or look at possible waiver acquisitions.

The New York Knicks have continued to struggle, and it could be due to all the noise that has surrounded Carmelo Anthony. Knicks fans are hoping to still see him in a Knicks jersey on the court against the Cavs. Melo averages 23.4 points, six rebounds, and nearly three assists per game. Not only Anthony has been mentioned in constant trade rumors but teammate Derrick Rose as well.

Still, the team is among three or four teams vying for a low seed in the Eastern Conference. A win tonight would help a lot to gain momentum.

With the game to be played in Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland will be the favorites in tonight's game with a point spread of 11 points in their favor. On the moneyline, the Cavs carry a price of -600.

Bettors interested in the underdog Knicks have seen the price around +450. The over/under points total will be 223 points for the game.

Cleveland remains among the top two contenders when it comes to NBA Championship favorites, only trailing their rivals, the Golden State Warriors when it comes to who is favored to win the NBA title.

How to watch live

Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday night. The Cavs and Knicks will be televised on the TNT network around the country. Cable and satellite viewers with TNT as part of their package can log into the official TNT Drama website or apps to watch live streaming coverage. In addition, fans who sign up for a free one-week trial of SlingTV can choose the Sling Blue package featuring TNT to watch the game live streaming online.

For those who want to purchase this game individually, as part of a team pass, or as part of the league pass for the rest of the season, then NBA League Pass is the top option. With less than half of the regular season to go, the overall prices for the team and league pass have dropped, making them more friendly for wallets.