The 2013 NBA live streaming and televised games schedule brings a compelling doubleheader into the spotlight on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The game will feature last year’s Eastern Conference Finals matchup, as the Indiana Pacers visit the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Pacers took Miami to the limits in last year's matchup, and many expect these to be the two Eastern Conference finalists once again in 2014. The latest televised and live stream NBA game will be part of an ESPN live doubleheader on Wednesday night.
A Miami Herald report on Dec. 17 indicated that LeBron James sat out practice on Tuesday due to a sprained left ankle. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra noted that King James would be a game-time decision for Miami tonight. Should he sit out, that’s clearly gives the Pacers a big advantage with Paul George and company looking for another win over the reigning champions this season. LeBron’s injury occurred during the Heat’s last game, a victory over the Jazz on Monday night.
James told reporters when asked about the injury:
“I’m going to sit if I’m not feeling comfortable [Wednesday] with my ankle. It don’t matter who we’re playing. Obviously, if it was a playoff game, I would play, so it doesn’t matter if it’s the Pacers or not.
We are a long-term team and I’m a long-term player and I’m going to try my best to police myself on this one. If we’d played [Tuesday], I wouldn’t be able to play, but we’ll see how I feel [Wednesday].”
The Miami Heat are currently 18-6 overall with a home record of 11-2. In their previous game, LeBron led the way with a near triple-double, scoring 30 points, dishing out 9 assists and pulling down 9 boards as they overcame a three point halftime deficit to defeat the Utah Jazz 117-94. The Heat currently rank sixth in the NBA in points third in assists and 6th in their points allowed defense, as they limit teams to just 96 points per game on their quest towards a three-peat.
The Pacers, who are currently 20-4 and 9-3 away, enter this game after their first home loss of the season against the Detroit Pistons. In that game, Lance Stephenson led the way with 23 points and 6 assists, while Paul George had 17. Luis Scola and David West also finished in double digits, but the Pacers lost the battle of the boards to a strong rebounding team in the Pistons. They’ll look to bounce back tonight against their favorite foes, the Miami Heat, in this second meeting of the season between the two top teams of the Eastern Conference.
In their previous meeting back on Dec. 10 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, the Pacers came out on top 90-84, despite trailing by seven at the half. Roy Hibbert finished with 24 points in that game, while his teammates David West and Paul George each had 17, and Lance Stephenson finished with 12 points. The Pacers had almost twice as many turnovers as the Heat in that game, but still managed to win by shooting 50.7% and outrebounding Miami 43-33. Indiana will need to shoot and rebound just as well and minimize their turnovers especially in Miami's arena. However, if James sits out, that might not be as tough a feat to accomplish for the visitors.
The Vegas Insider site had this game listed as a “PK” situation when the line first opened, but the Miami Heat have risen to as much as 3 point favorites at many books, as of this report. The over/under for this game is set at a total of 189 1/2 points. LeBron James is the big question mark heading into this game, as of this report, when it comes to injuries. His ankle situation has the "King" as a game-time decision, according to coach Erik Spoelstra, although teammate Chris Bosh believes James will play.
Wednesday night's Pacers vs. Heat game has a scheduled start time of 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. To watch the game on TV, fans can see it in standard or hi-definition via ESPN on cable or satellite. To watch this game live streaming online, fans will need to have access to the WatchESPN broadband sports network. See more details here about how to watch online.