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Indiana Pacers

What to watch on NBA League Pass for the week of Jan. 14-Jan. 20

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The Pacers are this week's team to watch while Philly and OKC is must-see basketball (NBA Getty Images)

From Jan. 14-Jan. 20, 21 games are set to air on national TV, but there are a number of other can't-miss games throughout the week that can only be found on NBA League Pass.

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From this week's team to watch to the biggest matchups throughout the week, check below for the week ahead on NBA League Pass.

All times Eastern.

Team to watch: Indiana Pacers

Tuesday, Jan. 15 vs. Phoenix, 7 p.m. | Thursday, Jan. 17 vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (On TSN 4) | Saturday, Jan. 19 vs. Dallas | Sunday, Jan. 20 vs. Charlotte

The Pacers enter the week one game ahead of the Sixers for the East's No. 3 seed with a record of 28-14; they currently sit just 3.5 games behind the Raptors for the East's top spot.

POWER RANKINGS: Are the Pacers a top-10 team?

Indiana's 15-4 record since Dec. 4 is the best in the league over that span - this recent surge is what has propelled the team towards the top of the East over the past six weeks. Over this 19-game stretch, the Pacers have averaged 111.2 points per game, assisting on 27.3 of its 43.0 made field goals per contest.

Since Dec. 4, Victor Oladipo is leading the way for Indiana in averaging 18.1 points, 5.7 assists and 5.0 rebounds. Last year's Most Improved Player has led a balanced offence that has benefitted from five other players averaging over 15 points per game during the recent run: Bojan Bogdanovic (16.4 ppg), Domantas Sabonis (16.0 ppg), Thaddeus Young (15.4 ppg) and Myles Turner (15.3 ppg).

While the equal opportunity offence through this recent stretch has been a joy to watch, the Pacers have been one of the best defensive teams in the league all season. In fact, Indiana boasts the league's second-best Defensive Rating (104.1) behind only Oklahoma City.

A team that locks up on the defensive end and spreads the wealth offensively? Sign me up.

Indiana, who has played four more road games than home games this season, plays the first four games of a five-game homestand this week. The Pacers begin the week with a battle against No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.

Thursday, Indiana welcomes the trio of Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons as Philadelphia visits for a game that could prove to be crucial in playoff positioning. Thursday's game airs on TSN 4 while the Raptors host the Suns on SN1, but a replay of the Eastern Conference battle can be found on NBA League Pass.

The Pacers close the week with a back-to-back against Rookie of the Year hopeful Luka Doncic and the Mavs on Saturday and the second meeting of the year with Kemba Walker and the Hornets.

Best Games of the Week

Monday, Jan. 14: Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 p.m,

Tuesday, Jan. 15: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Atlanta Hawks, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 16: San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 17: Sacramento Kings vs. Charlotte Hornets, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 19: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 3:30 p.m.

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