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NBA schedule 2014: Cavaliers look to avenge recent loss to Wizards

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LeBron James and the Cavaliers look to get back to .500 with a victory over the Wizards. That and more on Wednesday's NBA slate.

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A day before the NBA takes a rare break to celebrate Thanksgiving, fans should be grateful for a full slate of games that has 26 teams in action. There's only one game on national TV, and it's not the best matchup of the night, but the options are plentiful for those with League Pass.

The big national game of the night sees the New York Knicks visit the Dallas Mavericks on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. ET. It's the first time Tyson Chandler will face his former team since returning to the Mavs during the offseason, but in terms of actual basketball, you could probably do better. Dallas should be heavily favored at home.

The Grizzlies will also face the Lakers on NBA TV later in the night, though many people don't have access to that channel and it's another lopsided matchup. This isn't to say that these games aren't worth checking out, but the best hoops of the night will likely come from elsewhere.

There are a lot of good games to choose from if you're not limited to the national broadcasts, though, so let's dig into the schedule.

The appetizer

Wizards at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. ET

The Wizards crushed the Cavs, 91-78, on national TV less than a week ago. Now the teams meet in Cleveland for a rematch in what's becoming one of the most heated and interesting rivalries in the entire league. The Cavaliers and Wizards didn't play meaningful games for years after LeBron James went to Miami, but now that he's back, the fire has been reignited. Washington has actually been the better team early this season, posting a 9-4 record despite being without Bradley Beal for a couple weeks, and could make another statement by topping the Cavs on the road. For Cleveland, which sits 6-7, this is about finally building some rhythm after an ugly start to the season.

TV: CSN Washington, Fox Sports Ohio, NBA League Pass

More on the teams: Bullets Forever | Fear the Sword

The main course

Raptors at Hawks, 7:30 p.m. ET

The Raptors beat the Hawks in their season opener on Oct. 29 and have since established themselves as serious contenders in the East. With a conference-best 12-2 record, Toronto is showing that it can dominate opponents with a balanced two-way attack. The Hawks haven't been quite as successful this season, but also project as a playoff team after topping the Wizards on Tuesday night. They might be regretting the offseason trade of Lou Williams, who has averaged 25 points on 49 percent shooting over the past three games. Now that the guard looks healthy after ongoing knee issues, he's becoming a serious weapon off the bench for the Raptors.

TV: Turner Sports South, Sportsnet 360, NBA League Pass

More on the teams: Raptors HQ | Peachtree Hoops

The dessert

Pacers at Spurs, 8:30 p.m. ET

Two of the best defenses in the NBA face off Wednesday as Indiana looks for a big road upset against San Antonio. The Pacers currently allow the fewest points per game in the East, and the same can be said for the Spurs in the West. They're not quite that good overall -- San Antonio is third in defensive efficiency, Indiana is ninth -- but this isn't going to be a high-scoring shooutout. Even without David West, who's expected to make his season debut Friday, the Pacers have been pretty competitive this season. Knocking off the Spurs in San Antonio would be a major statement that the team isn't done fighting.

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Southwest, NBA League Pass

More on the teams: Indy Cornrows | Pounding the Rock

The leftovers (all teams ET)

Trail Blazers at Hornets, 7 p.m.

Warriors at Magic, 7 p.m.

Nets at 76ers, 7 p.m.

Knicks at Mavericks, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Clippers at Pistons, 7:30 p.m.

Kings at Rockets, 8 p.m.

Bucks at Timberwolves, 8 p.m.

Jazz at Thunder, 8 p.m.

Nuggets at Suns, 9 p.m.

Grizzlies at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)