The Miami Heat had a chance to eliminate the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 of their 2014 Eastern Conference Finals series but came up short in the closing minute of the game. Now the Pacers are faced with the daunting task of winning on the road and snapping a formidable streak in order to stay alive.
With a soft blow in LeBron James’ ear by Lance Stephenson and another flopping fine, the Indiana Pacers squeeked by the Miami Heat in Game 4 in Indianaoplis. Now the Pacers must win in Game 6 or fall to Miami for the third straight year when we watch Heat vs Pacers live online free streaming on the ESPN network this Friday night.
At this point the odds still heavily favor the Heat to win this series. They have won nine straight playoff games at home dating back to last year and had no issue beating the Pacers in Games 3 and 4 as LeBron, Wade, Bosh and Allen got hot and Roy Hibbert most certainly did not.
The Stephenson ear blow, flop, and interrupting a Heat player huddle has been a huge distraction since Game 5 wrapped. So much so that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra held practice yesterday, a day he typically gives his team off after a road game the night before. His reasoning for the unusual move was to get his team focused again, to “clear their heads and connect.”
There are two key areas that Miami can correct to blow the Pacers out of their building tonight and advance. The first is in free-throws where the Heat only took eight versus 22 for the Pacers. The second is in LeBron’s play as he shot 2 of 10 for the game, was in foul trouble early, and scored less than 10 points for the first time ever in the playoffs.
We’ve been right almost every game in this series so far and predict that the Game 6 final score will favor the Heat and push them into the Finals. Here’s what you need to know in order to enjoy tonight’s Heat Pacers game live free online streaming on ESPN via iPads, phones and the like, or in HD on your TV.
Start Time: 8:30pm EST / 5:30pm PST
Location: American Airlines Arena, Miami
Where to Watch on TV: ESPN
Live Stream: ESPN3.com or Watch ESPN App
Final Score Prediction: Heat 102, Pacers 90