PointsBet Sportsbook, NBC Sports Chicago To Air Special Bulls Broadcasts

PointsBet Sportsbook, NBC Sports Chicago To Air Special Bulls Broadcasts
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PointsBet Sportsbook and NBC Sports Chicago announced Wednesday an expanded collaboration of BetCast presentations including live odds data, betting commentary and special features starting tonight as the Chicago Bulls (2-2) square off against their Central Division rival Indiana Pacers (1-3) at 8 p.m. ET.

Both companies started offering Illinois sports betting experiences as a one-game presentation on April 22, 2021, as the Bulls upended Charlotte, 108-91 as Nikola Vucevic scored 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and Thaddeus Young added 18 points in the victory.

NBC Sports Chicago and NBC Sports Philadelphia partnered with PointsBet on the first dual-market sports-betting telecast, covering the Bulls at Philadelphia back on March 7 as Joel Embiid scored 43 points with 14 rebounds to lead Philadelphia to a 121-106 win.

BetCast coverage will deliver on-screen live odds data powered by PointsBet Sportsbook Illinois including point spread, over/unders and live, moving money lines, along with futures odds and player props.

Coverage will also include alternate announcers, who will provide sports-betting commentary and analysis throughout the game. Tonight’s broadcasters are NBC Sports Chicago host David Kaplan, analyst Kendall Hill and Jay Croucher, the lead betting analyst for NBC Sports, who previously served as head oddsmaker for PointsBet.

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More Broadcasts to Come This Season

Wednesday night, the 38th anniversary of Michael Jordan’s debut with the Bulls, is the first of four betting presentations on NBC Sports Chicago Plus this season. The other games are: Dec. 14 vs. the Knicks, Jan. 4 vs. the Nets, and March 29 vs. the Lakers.

Future contributors and special guests will include former Bulls player Will Perdue and PointBet Senior Editor Teddy Greenstein.

BetCast viewers can download PointsBet’s Illinois betting apps and select ‘Live Same Game Parlay’ options to place bets while tracking odds, player performance, and team stats in real-time.

Viewers will also have the chance to get closer to the action by tapping into NBA Lightning Bets within the PointsBet app, which include betting markets such as “Team To Score Next Point” and “Next Minute Both Teams To Score.”

During last season’s NBA Playoffs, Lightning Bets were the second most popular market for customers with an average stake size of more than $100.

PointsBet became the fourth mobile sportsbook to go live in Illinois on Sept. 12, 2020, partnered with Hawthorne Race Course, the first horse track to be granted a sports wagering license.



Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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