Miami Heat vs Charlotte Bobcats Live Stream Free: Watch NBA 2014 Playoffs Online (ABC TV Start Time, Schedule)

Miami Heat vs Charlotte Bobcats takes place in the NBA 2014 Playoffs on Sunday. This will be Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Round 1 series, and the Heat will be big favorites to progress to the next round. The game will start at 3.30 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (Details below).

(Photo: Reuters/Joe Skipper)Miami Heat's LeBron James (R) drives on Indiana Pacers' Sam Young during Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami, Florida May 24, 2013.

On paper this should be relatively straight forward for the Miami Heat. Coming into this game they have not been troubled by the Bobcats at all, and have in fact defeated them in 16 straight games.

LeBron James will need to step things up and lead the Heat out of a bit of a slump though, and get his team firing on all cylinders so that Miami do not suffer a premature exit in this year's postseason.

Miami have gone just 11-14 over its final 25 regular season games, and that sort of form raises some serious concerns as to whether the Heat can retain the title this season.

The Bobcats meanwhile finished much more strongly, going 16-6 to end their season, and that run included some impressive wins over other playoff teams, such as Indiana, Chicago, Brooklyn and Washington.

So on current form things may not be as simple as they first appear, and the Bobcats will want to come out all guns blazing tonight to try and get their noses in front and pull off an upset.

This series will very much be Miami Heat's big three of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, against Charlotte's star pairing of center Al Jefferson and point guard Kemba Walker.

The Miami Heat against the Charlotte Bobcats will start at 3.30 p.m. ET from the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida and can be watched on TV on the ABC network, or online through free live stream by clicking here.