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Bobcats open as NBA underdog vs Hawks

Charlotte BobcatsAtlanta Hawks
Jan 12, 7:30 PM | Philips Arena

Charlotte Bobcats vs Atlanta Hawks Odds

2-8TEAM RECORD7-4

Atlanta looks to cover the Hawks-Bobcats pointspread on Thursday and improve its overall 7-4 mark when they host Charlotte in NBA action.

The Hawks sit at 7-4 (6-5 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Bobcats are currently 2-8 (4-6 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Atlanta is 5-6 OU, and Charlotte is 5-5 OU.

View Charlotte vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Hawks in this one will find them as 10-point favorites, while the total was sitting at 184.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Hawks, currently No. 14 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Bobcats, who rate No. 21 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 102-85 victory for the Hawks.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Atlanta's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 98.2 PPG, against a Bobcats defense that ranks No. 29 at 101.9 PPG. The Hawks field goal percentage has averaged 44.6% so far, more than the Bobcats shooters have achieved on the year, 41.9% per game.

Defensively, the Bobcats feature the league's No. 30-rated defense on the road, allowing 108.8 points per game. Atlanta, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, Charlotte was an 82-70 loser at home against the Rockets. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (152) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Bobcats endured an 82-70 loss at the hands of the Rockets on Tuesday, despite a 15-point effort from Byron Mullens at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Atlanta was a 96-84 loser in its last match on the road against the Pacers. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 180 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Josh Smith scored 16 points in a failed effort to lead the Hawks to victory (they lost 96-84 to Indiana at Conseco Fieldhouse on Wednesday).

Charlotte Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Detroit are 2-8
After playing Houston are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Minnesota are 5-5
After playing Indiana are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

A few Bobcats at Hawks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Charlotte's last 7 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Charlotte's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Charlotte's last 18 games on the road
Charlotte is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Atlanta is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Charlotte
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games when playing at home against Charlotte
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Charlotte home to Detroit, Friday, January 13
Atlanta home to Minnesota, Saturday, January 14

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