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2012 NBA schedule: Cavaliers host Raptors, visit Celtics this week

Clevelend faces games on back-to-back nights on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will play the first of two games in two nights as they host the Toronto Raptors at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Both teams have struggled mightily to open the year and are near the bottom of the Eastern Conference. The Cavs sit at 5-20, while the Raptors have won their last two games to be one better at 6-19.

On Wednesday, Cleveland heads to Boston to face the Celtics at 7:30 p.m. in TD Garden. The aging Celtics have had a disappointing season by their standards, as they have posted a 12-11 record. Boston is 8-4 at home, compared to Cleveland's 2-13 road record.

Around the league, Jeremy Lin makes his return to Madison Square Garden as the Rockets face the Knicks at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. A key Western Conference battle also happens on Monday, as the Thunder face the Spurs at 8 p.m. in Oklahoma City.

The Knicks host another big game on Wednesday as they continue the "Battle of the Boroughs" series at 7 p.m. against the Brooklyn Nets.

For a full list of games, be sure to check out S.I.'s NBA schedule page.

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