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Bobcats take on Pistons in hoops contest

Charlotte BobcatsDetroit Pistons
Jan 6, 7:30 PM | The Palace of Auburn Hills

Charlotte Bobcats vs Detroit Pistons Odds

8-24TEAM RECORD13-22

The Pistons will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Bobcats tip off at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Sunday in NBA play.

Detroit battles the Bobcats, currently with a 8-24 mark (12-20 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 16-18-1 for the Pistons and 17-14-1 for the Bobcats. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Charlotte vs Detroit Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Detroit opened as 9-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 193 at Sportsbook.ag for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 15 (Pistons) and the No. 30 (Bobcats) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 96-90 result in favor of the Pistons is predicted by handicapping models.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bobcats rank No. 17 in the league with 41.9 per game. That compares with Detroit’s No. 7 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Detroit is the NBA’s No. 21-ranked team at 6.2 per game, while the Bobcats rate No. 24 with 6.2 per contest.

Defensively, the Bobcats feature the league's No. 29-rated defense on the road, giving up 105.7 points per game. Detroit, meanwhile, comes in at No. 22 in the league in scoring at home.

The Bobcats were a 106-104 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Cavaliers. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (210) made winners of OVER bettors. Charlotte got 27 points from Ben Gordon en route to a 106-104 loss against Cleveland on Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Last time out for Detroit, they were an 85-84 winner as they battled the Hawks at home. The Pistons covered in the match as a 1.5-point underdog, while 169 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Detroit got 20 points from Austin Daye en route to an 85-84 victory over Atlanta on Friday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Charlotte Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Utah are 3-7
After playing Cleveland are 4-6
After a loss are 1-9

Detroit Pistons Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Milwaukee are 5-5
After playing Atlanta are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

A few Bobcats at Pistons trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Charlotte's last 6 games when playing on the road against Detroit
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Charlotte's last 5 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte's last 6 games on the road
Detroit is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Detroit is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Charlotte
Detroit is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Detroit is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Charlotte

Next up:
Charlotte home to Utah, Wednesday, January 9
Detroit at Milwaukee, Friday, January 11