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Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers takes place in the NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals Game 5 on Thursday night, with the series all square at 2-2 and most analysts expecting a big backlash from Miami following their loss in Game 4. The game is scheduled to tip off at 8.30 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The Heat regain home advantage for tonight's Game 5 after falling to Indiana in the last game, and with the series now tied up at 2-2 this has become a best of three contest for the remaining games.
Tonight's game at the American Airlines Arena is a huge one, with Miami knowing that if they can win tonight they are guaranteed to at the very least have home advantage for the decisive Game 7 – that is if the Pacers manage to hold their own in Indiana in Game 6.
However, the Pacers will also know that if they can snatch a cheeky win here tonight in Miami then they will travel home for Game 6 on Saturday knowing they have the opportunity to knock out the Heat in front of the Indiana faithful.
All eyes will be on LeBron James tonight, with many expecting he will lead the Heat in a big bounce back to form, and put Miami in a commanding 3-2 lead.
The Pacers will be hoping their defense can be as effective tonight as they were in Game 4. They kept up the pressure on Miami and forced them down to just 39 percent shooting from the field.
But they will be up against it in Miami, where the Heat were 37-4 during the regular season. However, the Pacers have already managed to snatch one win out of the opening two games that took place in Miami at the start of this series, and they will know they have what it takes to steal another tonight if they can be on top of their game.
Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers is scheduled to tip off at 8.30 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.