The New York Knicks and Miami Heat face off in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday night, and there has been some interesting line movement in the game.
Both teams are dealing with injuries, as the Knicks have listed both Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle as questionable for Game 2 with ankle injuries.
The Heat have also listed their best player, Jimmy Butler, as questionable after he injured his ankle at the end of Game 1. Butler’s ankle reportedly is swollen badly, which will make it tough for him to play in Game 2.
Here’s what the odds are telling us about these injuries ahead of Tuesday night’s tip:
Heat vs. Knicks odds, spread and total for Game 2
Odds movement in Heat vs. Knicks signals Jimmy Butler won’t play
Based on the latest odds, one could assume that Jimmy Butler is likely to miss Game 2 of this series.
The Knicks opened up as consensus 5.5-point favorites in Game 2, likely because of the uncertainty around Butler’s injury.
The line has since moved significantly. On Monday, it reached as high as Knicks -7, but the team added Brunson to the injury report, moving it back down to Knicks -6.5, where it still remains on Tuesday morning.
While New York was likely going to be favored at home in Game 2 regardless of Butler’s status, 6.5 points is a major difference from Game 1, where the Knicks closed as just four-point favorites.
A 2.5-point swing signals that a player of Butler’s significance could miss this game, or that oddsmakers are expecting both Randle and Brunson to play.
Either way, the odds moving in the Knicks favor because of injuries seems to be a good sign for the team’s chances of evening the series on Tuesday night.
Bettors should be cautious and likely wait for more injury updates before wagering on either team in this matchup.
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.