NBC Sports Chicago, PointsBet Team Up for Bulls Sports-Betting Telecasts
NBC Sports Chicago is partnering with PointsBet to present a three-game series of alternate sports-betting presentations, titled BetCast, covering Chicago Bulls games. The schedule tips off with a dual-market BetCast covering the Bulls matchup at the Washington Wizards on March 29 at 7 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Central, which will be presented on NBC Sports Chicago Plus and NBC Sports Washington Plus.
The other two BetCast telecasts, which will be exclusive to NBC Sports Chicago Plus, are scheduled for the Bulls against the Boston Celtics on April 6 at 7 p.m. Central and Charlotte Hornets on April 8 at 7 p.m. Central.
The BetCast coverage delivers on-screen live odds data powered by PointsBet — including Spread, Over/Under and moving Money Lines — along with futures odds and player props. The real-time data appears on an enhanced graphic overlay surrounding the game coverage. The coverage also includes alternate announcers who provide sports betting commentary and analysis.
The Bulls at Wizards BetCast, the second dual-market presentation, will feature analysis and insights from NBC Sports Chicago host David Kaplan and Bulls analyst Kendall Gill, along with NBC Sports Washington’s Wizards analyst Tony Massenburg and Jay Croucher, head oddsmaker at PointsBet. Kaplan and Croucher will return for the remaining BetCasts, with Gill and Will Perdue rotating appearances.
As part of the BetCast presentations, the NBC Sports Predictor app, powered by PointsBet, will deliver special “Pick n’ Roll” contests with $50,000 jackpots. A special TV edition of the Bet the EDGE GameTime podcast with Sara Perlman and Drew Dinsick will lead into the games for an hour of pregame coverage.
BetCast viewers can select PointsBet’s “Live Same Game Parlay” options to place bets while tracking odds, player performance, and team stats in real-time. Viewers can engage with the BetCast on social media by following along and interacting with @NBCSChicago and @PointsBetUSA on Twitter.
On March 7, NBC Sports Chicago and NBC Sports Philadelphia partnered with PointsBet on the first dual-market sports-betting telecast for a game between the Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers. NBC Sports Chicago previously produced BetCast coverage of the Bulls against Charlotte on April 22, 2021.
Beginning in 2019, NBC Sports Philadelphia provided BetCast presentations of select Philadelphia 76ers games and NBC Sports Washington produced predictive-gaming alternate telecasts covering the Washington Wizards during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 regular seasons.
In February 2021, NBC Sports and PointsBet partnered with the PGA TOUR to produce NBC Sports EDGE BetCast, a live second-screen experience, during the WM Phoenix Open. The first betting companion show during a PGA TOUR event included 10 hours of coverage over four days on Peacock Premium.