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Heat vs. Pacers, Game 1: Game thread, lineups, TV info and more

After all of the talk and concerns and angst from both sides leading to the matchup between the top two teams in the East, if it finally game night and time to get it on at the Fieldhouse. Enjoy.

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2013-14 NBA Playoffs
M26, 2014 - 8:00 p.m. ET
Bankers Life Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN
TV: ESPN/FOX Sports Indiana ---- Radio: AM 1070/107.5 FM The Fan
Probable Starters
Mario Chalmers PG George Hill
Dwyane Wade SG Lance Stephenson
LeBron James SF Paul George
Chris Bosh PF David West
Greg Oden C Roy Hibbert

The Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat will both be short key reserves but this is a star's game that will be decided by the lead actors on both rosters.

The Pacers will be continue playing without guard C.J. Watson, while the Heat will reportedly miss corner three-baller, Ray Allen now doubtful with the flu. The only remaining question is Dwyane Wade who remains a game-time decision with all signs pointing toward him giving it a go.

There won't be many surprises between the two teams, although seeing how Greg Oden plays and more importantly, how Roy Hibbert attacks Oden will be a key subplot. But as usual, it comes down to LeBron James and what type of impact he has on the game, how the game is officiated and whether or not the Pacers can knock down their open shots.

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