Thursday night brings just three NBA games on the slate including the New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder. The game will be the first part of a doubleheader on national television. It will also feature Carmelo Anthony playing against his former team for the first time since being traded this offseason. Here is the latest Knicks vs. Thunder game preview with matchup odds, points total, start time, TV channels, and how to watch it live streaming online.

NBA game preview

During the NBA offseason, the New York Knicks' biggest move was sending Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder.

For months, rumors had persisted that the All-Star would be traded to a team that was more of a contender, and that's exactly what happened.

The Knicks drafted point guard Frank Ntilikina during the NBA Draft, surprising many fans at the choice. Additionally, they'll bring back the man expected to be the new star of the franchise, Kristaps Porzingis. They've also added Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott as part of the OKC deal, but this is a team expected to be in rebuild mode rather than contention.

For the Oklahoma City Thunder, they've reloaded their roster to give NBA MVP Russell Westbrook some help. Firstly, they traded for Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George. They didn't stop there, though, as they'd add fellow All-Star Carmelo Anthony to the lineup giving the Thunder a team with a chance to contend in the Western Conference.

On Thursday night, they get to debut that star-studded lineup at home and are large favorites to win.

The OKC Thunder are listed as 12-point favorites for tonight's home opener. On the moneyline, Oklahoma City is a -950 favorite while the Knicks are +625 underdogs. The over/under points total is 213 points for the complete game.

How to watch it live

Tonight's New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. The live televised game coverage will be available on the TNT channel. United States cable and satellite subscribers can watch live streaming game feeds through the TNTDrama website or any compatible mobile apps.

Additionally, the SlingTV channel streaming service allows fans to watch TNT. Right now, all new customers can sign up for a one-week free trial of the service at Sling's website. Customers will need to choose Sling Orange to get the lineup that includes TNT among other channels such as USA, SyFy, FS1, and more.