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Optimal NBA League Pass viewing plan for Wednesday's 11-game slate

Get ready for a full slate of NBA hoops this Wednesday night!

We have 11 games of NBA action with plenty of entertaining matchups on the hook. Below we have you covered with tonight's full schedule and where to watch each game, as well as the biggest storylines and some direction as to where to shift your attention once games tip-off.

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The schedule

Game Time US/Canada Broadcast
Rockets at Pacers 7:00 p.m. League Pass
Cavaliers at Magic 7:00 p.m. League Pass
Wizards at 76ers 7:00 p.m. League Pass
Hornets at Hawks 7:30 p.m. League Pass
Celtics at Heat 7:30 p.m. ESPN/TSN Network
Jazz at Knicks 7:30 p.m. League Pass
Pistons at Bucks 8:00 p.m. League Pass
Thunder at Pelicans 8:00 p.m. League Pass
Raptors at Suns 9:00 p.m. League Pass/Sportsnet
Clippers at Warriors 10:00 p.m. ESPN/TSN 1/4
Bulls at Kings 10:00 p.m. League Pass/NBA TV Canada

All times listed are Eastern Standard Time

Games on Sportsnet, TSN and NBA TV Canada are not available live on League Pass

Biggest storylines

New-look Rockets vs. red-hot Pacers

By this point you've heard all about the James Harden drama in Houston, but have you actually tuned in to watch a Rockets game yet? If you haven't, you're missing out on a few things and tonight's your night to change that.

First things first: Harden is expected to suit up and despite the noise, he's still averaging 33.0 points and 10.8 assists per game this season. If watching Harden doesn't pique your interest, you should want to see two other players - John Wall and Christian Wood. Wall looks like he's back to his old self after missing two full seasons of action with a torn Achilles. He's somehow hardly lost a step, looking like the blur we know and love and his new running partner Wood has been a monster after signing a big deal this offseason, posting 23.6 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.

And then there's the Pacers, who have been one of the best teams in the NBA early in the 2020-21 season. All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis has been a dominating force averaging 20.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game to get his team out to a 5-2 start. Victor Oladipo is showing flashes of his former All-Star form and Malcolm Brogdon, fresh off of a game-winning floater against the Pelicans, has been the glue that holds this team together.

This should be among the best games of the night and it's available to you on League Pass.

Struggling Wizards vs. thriving 76ers

The Wizards and 76ers faced off in a barn-burner on each team's opening night two weeks back with Philly pulling off a slim victory in the final minute. Since then, both team's seasons have taken a turn in a different direction as the Sixers own an NBA-best 6-1 record, whereas, Washington is near the bottom of the East at 2-5.

Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple-double, Bradley Beal is averaging over 30 points per game for a second consecutive season and yet the Wizards haven't been able to churn out wins due to allowing 120.3 points per game - the second-worst mark in the NBA.

They'll try and right the ship against the first-place 76ers, who are reaching their full potential under head coach Doc Rivers so far. Joel Embiid has been healthy and the All-Star pairing of him and Ben Simmons are finally clicking. Embiid's averaging a monster double-double of 23.2 points and 12.3 rebounds per game and Simmons is doing everything, averaging 13.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists while maintaining an early push for Defensive Player of the Year. To add to that, reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week Tobias Harris looks like the player Philadelphia paid $180 million for and the offseason acquisitions of shooters like Seth Curry and Danny Green, as well as first-round pick Tyrese Maxey, have filled out the roster perfectly.

Despite the difference in overall records, this should be a close one you'll want to tune in for.

The ... must-watch Knicks?

Yes, you read that correctly. The Knicks have been playing an entertaining brand of basketball so far this season and if you haven't seen them yet, they're worth your time.

Forward Julius Randle has been one of the best players in the league so far, looking like an All-Star with averages of 22.1 points, 11.4 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game. Second-year guard RJ Barrett and veteran guard Elfrid Payton have kept the wheels turning and rookie guard Immanuel Quickley has been a pleasant surprise. New head coach Tom Thibodeau has this team playing hard and with a purpose and they'll face off against a solid Jazz squad on the second half of a back-to-back after being punished by the Brooklyn Nets last night.

All-Stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert aren't going to want to start this East Coast trip off 0-2 so we should be in for a good one here.

Optimal viewing plan

7:00-7:30 p.m.: Start your night off with Pacers-Rockets but keep Wizards-76ers handy, too. If you have a second screen, that'll come up clutch to start the night so you can watch Sabonis-Brogdon-Oladipo versus Wood-Harden-Wall and watch Beal and Westbrook try and outduel Simmons, Embiid and Harris. I expect both of these games to be close and they'll be worth checking in on until the final buzzer.

7:30-8:30 p.m.: The Heat-Celtics Eastern Conference Finals rematch will be a battle on ESPN/TSN Network but if you're trying to stick to jumping around on League Pass, you have two solid options tipping off at 7:30. There's Trae Young versus LaMelo Ball in Hawks-Hornets and as mentioned above, if you haven't watched this season's Knicks yet, give them a chance. If you don't like what you see, you can always go back to those games you started the night on.

8:30-9:30 p.m.: Bucks-Pistons won't be worth the watch unless Giannis Antetokounmpo goes for 40-plus again and Pelicans-Thunder is only worth tuning into for Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson or Shai Gilgeous-Alexander fantasy basketball owners. The Raptors are struggling but you know they're bringing a fight to Phoenix so that'll be worth checking out on League Pass/Sportsnet, but those 7 and 7:30 tip-offs should be in the middle of a close fourth quarter at this point.

9:30-Bedtime: Even if you're determined to stick on League Pass, you'll have to do your do-diligence as an NBA fan to see if Heat-Celtics is close (hint: it probably will be). Otherwise, check for close finishes between Hawks-Hornets or Knicks-Jazz before shifting your attention to the late games. Again, Suns-Raptors could be a good finish and then you'll want to close the night by watching Stephen Curry try to stay hot and keep the Warriors rolling against Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Clippers.

Buckle up for an actioned-packed night of NBA hoops.

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