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NBA schedule: Heat host Rockets in battle of undefeated teams

After nearly spurning the Heat for the Rockets, Chris Bosh has been dynamite to start the season in Miami.

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Just four undefeated teams remain in the NBA after a week of the season, and two of them will face off in one of eight games on Tuesday night. Those two teams would be the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets, who will do battle in South Beach. Let's take a look at the whole NBA menu for Tuesday.

The appetizer

Rockets at Heat, 7:30 p.m. ET

Not only are both these teams undefeated, but they share the common bond of having tried to sign Chris Bosh in the offseason. When LeBron James bolted for Cleveland, many figured Bosh would jump ship as well, with Houston representing a logical destination. Instead, Bosh stayed with the Heat, and the results thus far have been superb. Bosh is averaging 25.7 points and 11.3 rebounds to lead a Heat team scoring 113.7 points per 100 possessions, good for third in the league, per Meanwhile, the Rockets have been just fine without Bosh, although this game will be their first major test after four games against some of the league's weaker teams. James Harden ranks second in the league in scoring at 27.8 points per game, and he has a true shooting percentage of 61.2 percent despite a field goal percentage of just 37.3 percent.

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The main course

Hornets at Pelicans, 8 p.m. ET

The team that began as the Charlotte Hornets hosts the team that became the Charlotte Hornets in a game between two 1-2 squads. The Pelicans are on the second night of a back-to-back after an ugly loss in Memphis. New Orleans shot a paltry 33.7 percent overall and 4-of-24 from long range. Eric Gordon's woeful start continued, and the shooting guard currently has a negative PER after three games. Anthony Davis' PER is 33.88, but he was held down against Memphis. The Hornets are coming off a tough loss to the Knicks that featured a dubious five-second call in the final minute. Charlotte's offense has really struggled to start games, which is embodied by the fact that Lance Stephenson has just two first-half points this season.

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The dessert

Cavaliers at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. ET

The Cavs finally play again after three days off following their thrilling overtime victory in Chicago. LeBron James bounced back from his dismal opening-night performance with a 36-point effort to lead the way. Cleveland is still trying to find a rhythm offensively with all its new parts, and while it's an extremely small sample size, the Cavs are currently playing at the third slowest pace in the league, per The Blazers are off to a disappointing 1-2 start, and the offense hasn't been nearly as sharp as it was last season. That's because star point guard Damian Lillard is shooting just 26.8 percent from the field and dishing out only 4.0 assists per game. That's sure to turn around soon, and a matchup against a mediocre Cavs defense could be the remedy.

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The leftovers

Bucks at Pacers, 7 p.m. ET (NBA League Pass)
Wizards at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBA League Pass)
Thunder at Raptors, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBA League Pass)
Magic at Bulls, 8 p.m. ET (NBA League Pass)
Suns at Lakers 10:30 p.m. ET (NBA League Pass)