Jimmy Butler of Heat Ruled Out Against Bucks Due to Ankle Injury

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler will miss his second straight game due to an ankle injury.
‣ Despite Butler’s absence, the Miami Heat hold the 10th-shortest odds to win this season’s championship according to several NBA betting sites.
‣ Other players on the Heat’s injury report include forward Haywood Highsmith (lower back), center Bam Adebayo (left hip), and forward Duncan Robinson (right thumb).

Details

Well, here’s a bummer for Miami Heat fans. Jimmy Butler, their forward player, has been downgraded to out for tonight’s home game against the Milwaukee Bucks. This is the second game in a row that Butler’s gonna miss.

The guy’s a six-time All-Star. He also sat out during Miami’s 112-97 loss to the Brooklyn Nets just last Saturday. At 34, Butler’s been averaging 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.4 steals in his 14 starts this season. Not bad, huh?

Now, if you’re into NBA betting, you might wanna know this. The Miami Heat are holding the 10th-shortest odds to win this season’s championship. Sportsbooks are showing better odds for the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, and Philadelphia 76ers. Interesting, right?

Here’s a tweet from Miami Heat: “UPDATE: Jimmy Butler (ankle) has been ruled out of tonight’s game.” That’s a bummer, ain’t it?

Remember that 122-115 win over the Nets on Nov. 16? Butler, the 13-year veteran, recorded a season-high 36 points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal, and three blocks in 35 minutes of action. Impressive, right?

Now, for the rest of the Heat’s injury report. Forward Haywood Highsmith (lower back) is questionable. Both center Bam Adebayo (left hip) and forward Duncan Robinson (right thumb) are probable versus Milwaukee.

The Bucks won 122-114 over Miami in the first meeting on Oct. 30. Adebayo didn’t play, whereas Butler and Tyler Herro were in the lineup. However, while Adebayo is available, both Butler and Herro are out tonight. Go figure.

Meanwhile, Milwaukee forward Jae Crowder (groin) remains out indefinitely. Guard Khris Middleton (Achilles) is listed as questionable as well. The Bucks are 7-1 in their last eight games.

Here’s a tweet from HeatMuse: “Bam Adebayo in games without Jimmy Butler: 19.8 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 5.1 APG, 56.1% FG, 24-32 record. Predict his stat-line tonight!”

For noteworthy betting trends, Milwaukee is 0-6 straight up in its past six road games against Miami. The Bucks are 15-5 against the spread in their previous 20 contests as well.

As for the Heat, they’re 9-3 SU in their last 12 games. Not to mention, Miami is 1-6 ATS in its past seven home games. The Eastern Conference contender is 7-3 ATS in its previous 10 contests.

According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Bucks hold a 60.3% chance of defeating Miami at home. NBA sportsbooks show the Heat as 3.5-point underdogs.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
James, a dedicated writer for BasketballHour, holds a degree in English and Creative Writing. A genuine sports enthusiast and skilled betting advice provider, he writes engaging articles and valuable winning strategies for sports.

Related NBA News