There are over 25 games to look forward to on national TV this week, but there are a number of other can't-miss games around the association that can only be found on NBA League Pass.
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From the Indiana Pacers, who earn the distinction of League Pass Team of the Week, to some of the most exciting upcoming matchups, get an idea of what to watch for on NBA League Pass.
All times Eastern.
Team to watch: Indiana Pacers
Monday, March 15 vs. Denver Nuggets | Wednesday, March 17 vs. Brooklyn Nets | Friday, March 19 vs. Miami Heat | Sunday, March 21 vs. Miami Heat
It's been a bit of an up-and-down season for the Pacers to this point.
They came out of the gates hot, winning eight of their first 12 games, but a rough stretch in February has them a few games under .500.
At 17-20, the Pacers find themselves in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with 35 games remaining in their regular season schedule, sitting a game ahead of the Toronto Raptors in 11th place and one game behind the Atlanta Hawks in eighth place. They rank 18th in offensive efficiency (110.8) and 12th in defensive efficiency (110.5).
The Pacers will be tested this week with matchups against title contenders. On Monday (9:00 p.m.), they travel to Denver to face the Nuggets, who are coming off of a trip to the Western Conference Finals and are led by one of the leading candidates for MVP this season in Nikola Jokic. On Wednesday (7:00 p.m.), they host the Nets, who have won 12 of their last 13 games despite Kevin Durant being sidelined for all but one of those contests.
They then travel to Miami at the end of the week, where they'll play the surging Heat in a back-to-back on Friday (8:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 p.m.).
It'll be the first time the Pacers have played the Heat this season, but they've already played the Nets and Nuggets once each.
On Feb. 10, Kyrie Irving led Brooklyn to a 104-94 win over Indiana with a game-high 35 points. James Harden, who has worked his way into the MVP discussion recently, chipped in with 19 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
Retweet these #KYRIEIRVING highlights from his 35-point night to vote him for #NBAAllStar!!! pic.twitter.com/ds2FPvv0H9- Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) February 11, 2021
On March 4, Denver defeated Indiana despite two-time All-Star Domantas Sabonis recording a 10-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist triple-double.
THROW IT DOWN 🔨@Dsabonis11 | #PowerINPinstripes pic.twitter.com/QW8U2UZDYW- Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) March 5, 2021
The Pacers were without Caris LeVert for both of those games. They acquired the 26-year-old from the Nets on Jan. 13, 2021, but he underwent surgery to remove a small cancerous mass on his kidney shortly thereafter. He has since been cleared to play and made his highly-anticipated debut with the franchise on March 13.
In 26 minutes of play, LeVert helped the Pacers defeat the scorching-hot Phoenix Suns with 13 points, seven rebounds and two assists.
LeVert is now averaging 18.1 points, 5.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game on the season.
"It was great to see him back out there," Pacers head coach Nate Bjorkgren said of LeVert after his debut. "The players really enjoyed him being there and the things he can do. You can see he is dynamic with the basketball. That was just the beginning. He did a lot of nice things. I thought he looked great out there."
𝕤𝕡𝕖𝕔𝕚𝕒𝕝 𝕟𝕚𝕘𝕙𝕥 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕒 𝕤𝕡𝕖𝕔𝕚𝕒𝕝 𝕡𝕝𝕒𝕪𝕖𝕣 ✨- Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) March 14, 2021
welcome back, @CarisLeVert 👏 pic.twitter.com/tLcQM60vPt
Between matchups with some of the league's best teams, the potential for some revenge and a closer look at LeVert on his new team - not to mention his first time facing his former team since the trade - all eyes will be on the Pacers this week.
Best League Pass Games of the Week
Monday, March 15: LA Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks, 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 16: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 17: Brooklyn Nets vs. Indiana Pacers, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 18: Games are either on TSN, RDS or SN in Canada.
Friday, March 19: Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 20: Golden State Warriors vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 21: Philadelphia 76ers vs. New York Knicks, 8:00 p.m.
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