Bobcats at Nets Picks and NBA Betting Odds
by Dave Schwab - 4/6/2013
The Charlotte Bobcats will play their third game in four nights when they travel to the Barclays Center this Saturday to face the Brooklyn Nets. This Eastern Conference clash is set to tip off at 7:30 p.m. (ET), and the game will be available on NBA League Pass.
The Bobcats snapped a three-game skid this past Wednesday night with an 88-83 victory over Philadelphia as five-point home underdogs, but the chance to make it two in a row remains slim at best with Miami coming to town on Friday night. The total stayed “under” the 196-point line against the 76ers after going “over” in three of their previous four games.
Brooklyn lost for the third time in its last four outings with a 92-90 loss to Chicago as a 5.5-point home favorite on Thursday night. The total stayed under the 188.5-point line after going over in 10 of its previous 11 games.
Bobcats at Nets Betting Storylines
It has been a long season for Charlotte, which is currently languishing in last place in the East with an overall record of 18-57 straight up. It has been slightly better against the spread with a record of 27-47-1. Things get even worse when playing on the road with a SU record of just 6-32 and a 13-24-1 record ATS. The only good news for Bobcat fans is that what appears to be a rebuilding process that is stuck in neutral has nowhere to go but up.
The team’s stats tend to fully support the results on the court with an offense that is ranked 27th in the NBA in scoring with 93.5 points a game and in total rebounds with 40.1. The Bobcats are shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 33.6 percent from three-point range. The only real bright spot has been the play of Kemba Walker, who leads the team with 17.6 points and 5.7 assists a game. Defensively, Charlotte is ranked next to last in the league in points allowed in giving up an average of 103.2 points a game. It does not help that Byron Mullens, who started 41 games this season, remains questionable with a lingering ankle injury.
The Nets are still holding down the No.4 seed in the East with an overall record of 43-32 SU (35-37-3 ATS), but they gave up some ground in the loss to the Bulls as Chicago is now just a game and a half back in the standings. Thursday’s loss dropped them to 22-15 SU at home this season, which has been a losing proposition ATS at 14-20-3.
The biggest positive for Brooklyn heading into the final few weeks of the regular season is the team’s overall health as compared to so many other banged-up teams in the league. The Nets bring a full complement of starters into this matchup, including Brook Lopez, who leads the team in scoring with 19.2 points a game and Deron Williams, who is chipping in another 18.5 points and a team-high 7.7 assists a game. Overall, Brooklyn is averaging 96.3 points a game, but its real strength remains on the other end of the court where it is holding teams to 95 points a game.
Bobcats at Nets NBA Betting Odds and Trends
BetOnline has opened Brooklyn as a 13-point home favorite for this contest with the total line set at 198.5.
The Bobcats are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games on the road but they are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against teams from the Atlantic Division. The total has gone over in five of their last seven games on zero day’s rest.
The Nets are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 home games. However, they have covered in five of their last six games against a team with a losing record. The total has gone over in six of their last seven games played on a Saturday.
The favorite in this series is a perfect 4-0 both SU and ATS in the last four meetings, and the total has stayed under in all four games. Brooklyn won the first two meetings this season both SU and ATS, including a 99-78 romp in early March as a 10-point road favorite.
Bobcats at Nets Picks and Betting Predictions
As bad as Charlotte has been all season long, it is in an even worse position heading into this game. It faces a quick turnaround on the road after hosting the Heat on Friday night to go against a Nets’ team that is hungry for a win. The result is another double-digit loss that fails to cover the already inflated 13-point spread.
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