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Bobcats open as NBA underdog vs Cavaliers

Charlotte BobcatsCleveland Cavaliers
Jan 3, 7:00 PM | Quicken Loans Arena

Charlotte Bobcats vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds

1-3TEAM RECORD2-2

Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Tuesday when the Cavaliers try to run the Bobcats off the court at Quicken Loans Arena in pro hoops action.

The Cavaliers bring a 2-2 record (3-1 ATS) to the battle against the 1-3 Bobcats, who are 2-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Cleveland go 2-2 so far and the Bobcats go 2-2.

View Charlotte vs Cleveland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks have set the Cavaliers as 5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed at 187, but may be on the move.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 10-rated Bobcats taking on the No. 21-rated Cavaliers in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 101-81 win for the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cleveland's No. 10-ranked offense (97.5 PPG) against a Bobcats defense that ranks No. 30 at 105 PPG. The Cavaliers have averaged 45.8% from the field per game, more than the Bobcats have managed so far this season (41.4% on average).

Defensively, the Bobcats feature the league's No. 30-rated defense on the road, allowing 129 points per game. Cleveland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 15 in the league in scoring at home.

The Bobcats were a 129-90 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Heat. They failed to cover the 14–point spread as underdogs, while the total score (219) made winners of OVER bettors. Charlotte was crushed on Sunday, getting run out of the gym by Miami and falling 129-90 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

In their last action, Cleveland was a 98-82 winner at home against the Nets. They covered the 2.5–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (180) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Cavaliers grabbed a 98-82 win over the Nets on Sunday, behind a 23-point effort from Antawn Jamison at Quicken Loans Arena.

Charlotte Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing New York are 5-5
After playing Miami are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8

Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Toronto are 7-3
After playing New Jersey are 6-4
After a win are 2-8

A few Bobcats at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Charlotte is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Charlotte's last 6 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Charlotte's last 14 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Charlotte's last 7 games when playing Cleveland
Cleveland is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Charlotte
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cleveland's last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing at home against Charlotte
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games when playing Charlotte

Next up:
Charlotte at New York, Wednesday, January 4
Cleveland at Toronto, Wednesday, January 4

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