NBA schedule 2014: LeBron James, Heat host the Pelicans and more

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There are 12 games on Tuesday night's slate of NBA games. What games should you look out for? We're here to help.

There are 12 games on Tuesday night, headlined with LeBron James and the Heat hosting the Pelicans and a scrappy Raptors team traveling to Indiana.

Main Course

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Miami Heat

NBA TV; 7:30 p.m. ET

LeBron James. Anthony Davis. Dwyane Wade. Jrue Holiday. Chris Bosh. Eric Gordon. There are enough great players in this NBA TV Fan Night selection to keep things interesting. Can New Orleans manage without Ryan Anderson? That's going to be tough. The sharpshooting forward is the Pelicans' leading scorer (19.8) and opens up coach Monty Williams' playbook. His absence will make for a less fun experience, but this is still the best game in a weak Tuesday night schedule.

Appetizer

Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers

League Pass; 7 p.m. ET

There's an argument here that this is the game of the night, and if timing issues weren't present it could very well serve as the main course rather than the appetizer. Toronto has been nothing but fun without Rudy Gay, with its five-game winning streak coming to an end in a close, scrappy loss against the Heat. The Pacers are still very good, with their only loss in 2014 ironically coming against the Raptors six days ago. Is this an Indiana revenge game? That would be fun to watch.

Dessert

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz

League Pass; 9 p.m. ET

The Jazz started off the season horribly, but have picked things up lately. They've split their last 10 games and are unarguably better off with rookie point guard Trey Burke in the lineup. The Thunder are without Russell Westbrook, but they still have the firepower to steamroll through most teams. Tuesday night shouldn't be any different, but you never know, which is why they actually play the game.

Washington Wizards vs. Charlotte Bobcats

League Pass; 7 p.m. ET

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

League Pass; 7 p.m. ET

Detroit Pistons vs. New York Knicks

League Pass; 7:30 p.m. ET

Phoenix Suns vs. Chicago Bulls

League Pass; 8 p.m. ET

San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies

League Pass; 8 p.m. ET

Golden State Warriors vs. Milwaukee Bucks

League Pass; 8 p.m. ET

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks

League Pass; 8:30 p.m. ET

Boston Celtics vs. Denver Nuggets

League Pass; 9 p.m. ET

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Sacramento Kings

League Pass; 10 p.m. ET

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