Bobcats visit Raptors in NBA clash
Charlotte Bobcats vs Toronto Raptors Odds
Toronto looks to cover the Raptors-Bobcats pointspread on Friday and improve its overall 13-22 mark when they host Charlotte in NBA action.
The Raptors bring a 13-22 record (18-17 ATS) to the battle against the 9-25 Bobcats, who are 13-21 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Toronto go 17-18 so far and the Bobcats go 19-14-1. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Bettors looking to side with the Raptors in this one found them as 7.5-point favorites earlier at , while the total had been sitting in the area of 196 at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Raptors at No. 26 and the Bobcats at No. 30 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 97-91 result in favor of the Raptors.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Toronto's No. 15-ranked offense, averaging 96.5 PPG, against a Bobcats defense that ranks No. 30 at 104 PPG. The Raptors field goal percentage has averaged 43.7% so far, more than the Bobcats shooters have achieved on the year, 42.5% per game.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Bobcats own the league's No. 28-rated mark, allowing 105.4 points per game when playing on the road. Toronto, on the other hand, rates No. 16 in scoring on their home court.
The Bobcats were a 112-102 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Jazz. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (214) made winners of OVER bettors. Charlotte suffered a 112-102 loss against Utah on Wednesday, getting 20 points from Ben Gordon in a losing effort at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Toronto won its last outing, a 90-72 result against the 76ers on January 9. The Raptors covered in that game as a 5-point favorite, while the 162 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Raptors got 19 points from Amir Johnson as Toronto ran past Philadelphia 90-72 on Wednesday at Air Canada Centre.
Charlotte Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Indiana are 5-5
After playing Utah are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8
Toronto Raptors Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Milwaukee are 3-7
After playing Philadelphia are 4-6
After a win are 6-4
A few Bobcats at Raptors trends to consider:
Charlotte is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Charlotte's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Charlotte's last 11 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Charlotte's last 14 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games at home
Toronto is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
Toronto is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Toronto's last 11 games when playing Charlotte
Charlotte at Indiana, Saturday, January 12
Toronto home to Milwaukee, Sunday, January 13