The Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers will do battle on the hardwood Wednesday evening as teams continue their push towards the NBA Playoffs. Tonight's game features implications for the playoff picture, with less than half the games remaining in the season. As of this report, the two teams are separated by just a game in the low part of the Eastern Conference standings for the playoffs. A win by Detroit could move them up to take over the No. 7 seed with the latest Pistons vs. Pacers live stream and TV coverage arriving from ESPN networks. Here's a look at the upcoming matchup and what to expect from Indianapolis on Wednesday night.

Pacers trying to bounce back

In their previous effort, Indiana suffered a 100-88 loss to Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets. Walker posted 28 points with teammate Nic Batum scoring 21. For Indiana, Paul George had a game-high 36 points in the losing effort but continues to lead this team in scoring with 22.2 points a game. George also ranks second on the team only to center Myles Turner in terms of rebounding average, with 6.2 boards per game.

In their recent loss, Indiana shot just 40.7 percent for the game and was outrebounded 50-41 by Charlotte, who never trailed in the game. The Pacers will try to get back on track tonight as they could watch their playoff seed become lower if they keep losing.

The Indiana Pacers are sitting at No. 6 in the East right now with a 32-31 record and have gone a dismal 3-7 over their last 10 games. So far this season, they've been 21-10 at home and 17-20 against teams from the Eastern Conference. The Pacers also have a negative points differential of a point between them and their opponents.

Pistons on two-game streak

The Detroit Pistons (31-32) have won their last two games and have gone 6-4 in their past 10 contests. In their most recent game, Detroit defeated the Chicago Bulls 109-95. Before that, it was a 136-106 rout of the rebuilding Philadelphia 76ers.

Defeating the Bulls was a particularly big win for Detroit as it moved them up past Chicago to the No.

7 spot in the Eastern Conference standings. The team is just a game behind Indiana for their No. 6 spot in the NBA playoff standings, making tonight's road matchup crucial if Detroit wants to gain more ground towards a higher seeding in the postseason.

How to watch & game odds

Tonight's Pistons vs. Pacers game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. Eastern Time start from Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. This game will be the first game of a doubleheader which will be televised on ESPN. Cable and satellite subscriber with the channel as part of their service can also log into the WatchESPN website or mobile apps to watch the game live streaming online.

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Included on Sling's basic channel package are ESPN and ESPN2 for live stream online viewing.

As the home team, the Indiana Pacers are four-point favorites on tonight's point spread and a -175 favorite on the moneyline. Detroit is a four-point underdog and priced at +155 on the moneyline. The over/under is currently set at about 209 points for the complete NBA game.

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