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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Updated: January 25, 10:54 AM ET
Marquee NBA matchup at Madison Square Garden


It's a big night of NBA action with 11 games on the docket. We've got our eyes on a few of the key matchups, including one must-see game at Madison Square Garden. It's been a long time since anybody in New York could say that. Here's a rundown of what we're watching tonight around the sports world:

NBA Games We're Watching:

• Boston Celtics (19-4) at New York Knicks (16-9) -- 7 p.m. ET/ESPN. Well look at what we have here: a compelling matchup that involves the New York Knicks. The Knicks, winners of eight in a row and 12 of their last 13, host two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference (they've got the Heat on Friday). First up tonight are the red-hot Celtics, riding a 10-game win streak, and seeking to match their longest win streak of last season. While the Knicks are playing well, note that only three of their most recent 14 opponents currently have winning records. Tonight's showdown with the reigning Eastern Conference champions should provide a good gauge as to how much further the Knicks have to go; to even be in the conversation is a good start.

• Cleveland Cavaliers (7-17) at Miami Heat (18-8) -- 7:30 p.m. ET. Ah yes, it's LeBron James taking on his old team for the second time in two weeks, but this time without any of the drama that surrounded his highly anticipated return to Cleveland. Tonight it's just the struggling Cavaliers (losers of eight straight) taking on the scorching Heat, winners of nine straight games by double digits. If the Heat win by 10 or more points tonight, they'll tie the NBA record of 10 straight double-digit wins.

• Portland Trailblazers (12-13) at Dallas Mavericks (19-5) -- 9:30 p.m. ET/ESPN. The Mavericks look to bounce back after their 12-game winning streak was snapped on Monday night against the Bucks. The disappointing Blazers, so full of promise and yet so injury-plagued, come to Dallas struggling to score points and losers of eight of their last 12.

On the ice: New York Rangers (18-13-1, 37 points) at Pittsburgh Penguins (21-9-2, 44 points) -- 7 p.m ET. Though the Penguins saw their 12-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Sidney Crosby watch continues. The Penguins perennial all-everything captain will try to score a point in what would be a career-high 20th straight game.

College basketball games of note: On the men's side, No. 2 Ohio State (8-0) hosts Florida Gulf Coast (2-5) looking to avoid the upset bug that bit No. 7 Tennessee and No. 21 Louisville on Tuesday night. I don't think the Buckeyes have much to worry about. On the women's side, only one top 25 team is in action tonight, as No. 14 Florida State (8-1) hosts UCF (4-4).