Key Injuries Plague Thursday’s NBA Play-In Game Betting

  • The Miami Heat are 2.0-point favorites against the Chicago Bulls despite missing star forward Jimmy Butler.
  • A battle between the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans slightly favors Sacramento (-120) after the Pelicans ruled out forward Zion Williamson.
  • Significant injuries greatly impact teams’ chances of advancing out of the Play-In Tournament and into the NBA Playoffs.

MIAMIKey injuries to stars like Jimmy Butler and Zion Williamson hurts their teams chances of earning an NBA Playoffs spot. Despite Butler’s absence in the win or go home matchup with the Chicago Bulls, USA online sportsbooks favor Miami by 2.0 points on the spread.

Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat Betting Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Chicago Bulls +2.0 (-115) +110 O208.0 (-110)
Miami Heat -2.0 (-105) -130 U208.0 (-110)

The Bulls covered the spread in three of their four matchups with the Heat this season but split the season series. Chicago covered in both road games against the Heat, making their 2.0-point spread at NBA online sportsbooks worth a bet against an injured Miami squad.

Kings Favored Over Zion-less Pelicans For Playoffs Spot

The Sacramento Kings have -115 odds to cover the 1.0-point spread against the New Orleans Pelicans. Both teams have their fair share of injuries, but California online sportsbooks give an edge to the Kings after eliminating the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.

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Sacramento Kings Vs New Orleans Pelicans Betting Lines

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Sacramento Kings -1.0 (-115) -120 O212.0 (-115)
New Orleans Pelicans +1.0 (-105) +100 U212.0 (-105)

Sacramento will once again be without starting guards Malik Monk and Kevin Huerter, but Keegan Murray stepped up against Golden State with 32 points. With Zion ruled out for the Pelicans, it will be tough to see if they can replace his production after posting 40 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists before suffering his hamstring injury.