The reigning Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat kick off its 2023-24 campaign at home against the Detroit Pistons at Kaseya Center on October 25.
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The game will be televised locally on Bally Sports Detroit (Pistons markets) and Bally Sports Sun (Heat markets), but if you don’t have cable, don’t have those channels or you live out of market, you can watch a live stream for free on FuboTV, DirecTV Stream or Amazon Prime.
Pistons vs Heat Live Stream Guide
You can watch a live stream of Bally Sports Detroit, Bally Sports Sun (local markets), NBA League Pass (includes every out-of-market game) and 100-plus other TV channels on FuboTV.
Local sports networks are included in the main bundle, while NBA League Pass is a separate add-on, but any packages and add-ons can be included in your free seven-day trial:
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Pistons vs Heat Preview
Miami finished with a 44-38 overall mark last season. The Heat took a win in the play-in tournament all the way to the NBA Finals, where it lost 4-1 to the Denver Nuggets. Miami was dead last in the NBA in scoring per game last season (109.5 points) but defense kept the team in most games. The Heat surrendered 109.8 points a game, which was second in the league.
All summer long, the Heat were attached to trade rumors surrounding Damian Lillard, who wound up in Milwaukee with the Bucks. Now, Miami will run it back with the same Big 3 of Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro and try to make due without the addition of a high-potent scorer.
Miami wound up adding Thomas Bryant, Josh Richardson and R.J. Hampton in free agency, while drafting former UCLA standout Jaime Jaquez Jr. with the 18th overall pick.
As far as this games goes, Richardson and forward Haywood Highsmith won’t play due to injury.
On the other side, the Pistons finished with an NBA-worst 17-65 record last season.
Detroit didn’t get many breaks, as former No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham played just 12 games last year. The former Oklahoma State standout is healthy now, and that should give Detroit a huge boost.
The Pistons also hired former Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams and drafted Ausar Thompson at No. 5 overall.
On the injury front, the Pistons will be without Bojan Bogdanovic and Monte Morris, leaving even more minutes for Thompson in his debut.
Pistons vs Heat: What They’re Saying
“He has physical gifts and natural playing ability that allow for him to overcome some things that he might not know. We think he is going to be phenomenal. We think he is going to be an intricate part of our team and there is a chance that could happen right away based on what we’ve seen this summer and in camp.” — Pistons head coach Monty Williams on Ausar Thompson.
“I don’t know who it’s going to be, Bam or Tyler, somebody is going to be a 25-point a game scorer and we need that … We need those three guys (Butler, Adebayo and Herro) to play at a level and to play together as much as they can for us to have a great regular season and a great playoff run. They’re all capable. I’ve seen some signs of Bam and Tyler in the preseason that I really like.” — Miami Heat president Pat Riley.