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The optimal viewing plan for Tuesday's packed slate of NBA games (Dec. 29)

Tuesday will be another busy night in the NBA, with 10 games to look forward to.

To get you ready, here's the full schedule accompanied by the biggest storylines and the optimal viewing plan for what should be another fun slate of games.

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The schedule

Game Time US/Canada Broadcast
New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers 7:00 p.m. League Pass
Golden State Warriors at Detroit Pistons 7:00 p.m. League Pass
Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers 7:00 p.m. League Pass
Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers 7:00 p.m. League Pass/SN
Chicago Bulls at Washington Wizards 7:00 p.m. League Pass
Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat 7:30 p.m. TNT/League Pass
Orlando Magic at Oklahoma City Thunder 8:00 p.m. League Pass
New Orleans Pelicans at Phoenix Suns 10:00 p.m. TNT/SN
Minnesota Timberwolves at LA Clippers 10:00 p.m. SN/League Pass
Denver Nuggets at Sacramento 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 on League Pass

Biggest storylines

Can the Cavaliers stay perfect?

One of the biggest surprises so far this season, the Cavaliers, who finished last season with the worst record in the Eastern Conference, are one of only four remaining teams yet to lose a game. They'll look to keep their perfect record alive against the Knicks, although they'll have to do it without Kevin Love, who will be re-evaluated in 3-to-4 weeks with a right calf strain.

With a win, the Cavaliers would start the season 4-0 for the first time since 2016.

The Pacers (3-0) and Magic (3-0) are also looking to stay perfect on Tuesday.

It's time to get a win

While the Cavaliers, Pacers and Magic look to stay perfect, the Pistons (0-3), Raptors (0-2), Bulls (0-3) and Wizards (0-3) are each still searching for their first win.

Eastern Conference Semifinals rematch

The Bucks and Heat face each other for the first time since last season's Eastern Conference Semifinals, which saw Miami upset Milwaukee in five games. The Heat no longer have Jae Crowder, who drew the primary assignment of guarding Giannis Antetokounmpo, so it'll be interesting to see how the Heat matchup with the two-time MVP.

The optimal viewing plan

7:00-7:30 p.m.: Start the night with Celtics-Pacers. The Celtics (1-2) have gotten off to a slower-than-expected start this season, but they have two of the best young players in the league in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. On the Pacers side, Domantas Sabonis is off to a scorching start, averaging 24.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists through three games.

The Celtics and Pacers faced off in a thriller on Sunday, with Sabonis scoring the game-winning layup to keep the Pacers undefeated.

7:30-8:30 p.m.: This will likely take you through the first half of Bucks-Heat. Look for Giannis Antetokounmpo to send a message after the Heat kept him in check during last season's playoff matchup.

8:30-10:00 p.m.: When Bucks-Heat hits halftime, it'll be a good time to hop around League Pass. Keep an eye on Celtics-Pacers and Raptors-76ers, both of which should be good games. If one of them is close down the stretch, it'll be worth switching over. Otherwise, stick with Bucks-Heat, which has the potential to be the best game of the night.

10:00-Bedtime: There are a few good options for the nightcap, but Pelicans-Suns has it all - two up-and-coming teams built around some of the league's rising stars in Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. Plus, it's always a joy watching Chris Paul go to work. Never take 35-year-old point guards still playing at an All-NBA level for granted.

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