NBA Odds On Kyrie, Wiggins, And Beal Missing Games Due To COVID Vax

  • Kyrie Irving has -300 odds to play in the Nets season opener on October 24.
  • Andrew Wiggins is favored to miss 31 or more games this season with -130 odds.
  • Bradley Beal has -275 odds to miss 0-10 games this year because of the COVID-19 vaccine.

LAS VEGAS – The hot topic around the NBA right now is whether or not players have received the COVID-19 vaccine or not and there are a few big names that have not gone through with it. Players such as Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins, and Bradley Beal have all come forward saying they have not been vaccinated.

Regardless of how some might feel about the vaccine situation overall, online sportsbooks have betting lines on these three players and if they will play in the season opener or not and how many games they’ll miss overall due to not receiving the vaccine.

Kyrie Irving

Will Kyrie Irving Play Season Home Opener On October 24?/

  • Yes -300
  • No +200

Kyrie Irving Regular Season Games Missed

  • 0-10 -200
  • 30+ +200
  • 11-20 +400
  • 21-30 +400

Kyrie Irving is one of the more outspoken players in the NBA when it comes to speaking his mind and he has not been shy about sharing how he has not received the COVID-19 vaccine. This brings up major concerns for the NBA, being that New York’s most recent vaccine mandate requires that anyone entering places of entertainment such as sports areas must have had at least their first vaccine shot.

Since Irving does not have the first dose and the season is set to start in less than a month, he could be in line to miss many Brooklyn Nets home games and games against the New York Knicks. With that, a nice profit can be made on Irving’s NBA odds of missing the Nets' home opener on October 24.

When wagering on how many regular-season games he will miss, it is worth keeping in mind that these are not just games missed due to not getting the vaccine but also if he gets injured. Aside from not being able to play any games in New York until getting vaccinated, he will not be able to play in other NBA cities that have similar vaccine mandates. This is a great opportunity to take any of the longer odds as Irving has missed more than 10 games in each of the last four seasons without such rules in place.

Andrew Wiggins

Will Andrew Wiggins Play Season Home Opener On October 21?/

  • Yes -110
  • No -130

Andrew Wiggins Regular Season Games Missed

  • 31 Or More -130
  • 0-10 +130
  • 11-20 +400
  • 21-30 +400

Andrew Wiggins has been in the spotlight recently for not being vaccinated after requesting a religious exemption from the NBA to not get the vaccine which was denied.

"The NBA has officially denied Andrew Wiggins’ request to get a religious exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine," tweeted Tim Bontemps from ESPN.

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Like New York, San Francisco has a vaccine mandate in place, however, theirs requires full vaccination from anyone entering a sports arena. On NBA media day Wiggins made it clear that he will not receive the vaccine and plans on missing the Golden State Warriors home games to make his point.

One reporter went as far as asking him if he knew that he would not get paid for missed games due to COVID protocols and he responded “that’s my business, not yours.”

Money can be made on Wiggins missing the Warriors home opener and over 31 games as well.

Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal Regular Season Games Missed

  • 0-10 -275
  • 11-20 +325
  • 21-30 +350
  • 30 Or More +375

Beal, unlike Andrew Wiggins and Kyrie Irving, has not been as public about not receiving his vaccine. That could be due to the fact that in the Washington, D.C. area, there have not been any major mandates that would hold him out of any Washington Wizards games.

With that, unless Beal gets injured or infected with COVID-19, he should not miss too many games making the favored odds enticing, but the 11-20 odds a safe bet as well.