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Boston Sports TV Schedule, Dec. 13: NFL and NBA take center stage

An NFL game and a pair of NBA showdowns highlight the sports action on television for Thursday night. All times are Eastern.

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NFL

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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network):

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While the Eagles' season has been a disappointment, the Bengals enter Thursday's game tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the final playoff spot in the AFC. A win against the Eagles would help set up a crucial Week 16 game against the Steelers, which will go a long way in deciding which team will get that final spot.

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NBA

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New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 8 p.m. (TNT):

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The Knicks enter this game having won eight of their last 10 games and have the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Lakers on the other hand have struggled this season having gone 3-7 in their last 10 and only 2-7 on the road.

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San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT):

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The Spurs are a half-game off of having the best record in the NBA entering a road game against the Blazers. The Blazers find themselves at 9-12 this season but have also won five of their games at home this season.