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2012 NBA schedule: Cavaliers travel to Washington in battle of East's worst

The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Washington to take on the Wizards in a battle of the Eastern Conference's worth teams. There is also plenty of national television action during the NBA's Christmas Day showcase.

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For the NBA, Christmas week is highlighted by five nationally televised Christmas Day games and a Thursday night TNT doubleheader. The Cleveland Cavaliers (6-23) play only once, traveling to Washington on Wednesday to face the Washington Wizards (3-22). The game, taking place at Washington's Verizon Center, features the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is coming off a solid victory at Milwaukee and have an excellent opportunity to build a two-game winning streak. That game tips off at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 26.

In other games, the NBA will take center stage on Christmas Day, which will feature a national television quintuple-header. The Christmas Day schedule is as follows:

Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets, 12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

New York Knicks at Los Angeles Lakers, 3:00 p.m. ET, ABC

Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat, 5:30 p.m. ET, ABC

Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

And the Thursday Night TNT doubleheader:

Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8:00 p.m. ET, TNT

Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT

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