The Indiana Pacers will host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday to start their 2017-18 NBA seasons. Here is how to watch this Eastern Conference game online.
Wednesday will have 11 NBA games on tap for your enjoyment. 20 NBA teams will be making their 2017-18 NBA debuts. Two of those teams debuting on Wednesday night will be the Brooklyn Nets and the Indiana Pacers.
Tipoff from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis will be at 7:00 p.m. ET on Oct. 18. The YES Network will have the Nets’ telecast in the Tri-State Area. FOX Sports Indiana will carry the Pacers’ telecast in the Greater Indianapolis area. The available live streams can be found on NBA League Pass and on FuboTV.
These are two teams that are largely expected to be in the bottom-third of the Eastern Conference this season. Brooklyn is still in the midst of a painfully long rebuild. Though the Nets don’t have an incentive to tank, they are still years from fielding a competitive basketball team.
Their biggest offseason move was trading long-time center Brook Lopez to the Los Angeles Lakers for former No. 2 overall pick in point guard D’Angelo Russell. It will be interesting to see how Russell plays in a new situation in Brooklyn this season.
Indiana’s organization never wants to punt a season, but this could be the first time in who knows how long the Pacers will be picking in the top-10. The Pacers traded away frustrated superstar small forward Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder for wing Victor Oladipo and big man Domantas Sabonis. This could be the worst Pacers team since the pre-Reggie Miller days.
According to SportsBook Review, the Pacers will be laying 3.5 points at home to the visiting Nets. The associated moneylines for this game are Indiana -165 and Brooklyn +145. This game’s over/under comes in at a combined 214 points.
This game could go either way. While the Pacers are the home team, the Nets might have slightly more continuity. Even with Russell starting at the point, we could see Kenny Atkinson’s team go on a big run in the third quarter to outpace the hometown Pacers. Somebody has to win this game. Neither of these teams will be above .500 this season, but beginning the year at 1-0 isn’t the worst thing in the world.