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Heat vs. Pacers: Game thread, lineups TV info and more

The two Eastern Conference rivals ring in the New Year with an afternoon game which seems fitting for the considerably different vibe between the two teams this season.

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The Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat just doesn't have the same buzz it did at this time last year. Obviously, both teams are without their best player from last season with Paul George injured for the Pacers and LeBron James doing...something in Cleveland.

The Pacers are playing better of late, at least as a team, but their starting unit has yet to find its stride as injured players have returned to the court. The Heat have similar problems, arriving at the Fieldhouse after losing six of their last nine games. Miami was 3-5 during an eight-game stretch without Chris Bosh (calf injury) but the Heat big man returned to the lineup in their last game which puts Miami in good shape to face the Pacers.

For more on the Heat, check out Hot, Hot Hoops. Also, please add your thoughts and observations on the game in the comments.

2014-15 NBA Regular Season
December 31, 2014 - 3:00 p.m. ET
Bankers Life Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN
TV: Fox Sports Indiana ---- Radio: AM 1070/107.5 FM The Fan
Probable Starters
Mario Chalmers PG George Hill
Dwyane Wade SG Rodney Stuckey
Luol Deng SF Solomon Hill
Chris Andersen PF David West
Chris Bosh C Roy Hibbert