Bulls home to Bobcats in NBA betting action

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Dec 31, 3:00 PM | United Center

Charlotte Bobcats vs Chicago Bulls Odds

7-23TEAM RECORD16-12

United Center features an NBA battle between the host Chicago Bulls and the visiting Charlotte Bobcats in betting action on Monday.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Bulls currently sports a record of 16-12, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 10-18 ATS. The Bobcats are 7-23 and 11-19 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Bulls post a 10-18 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Bobcats have gone 16-13-1 against the number.

View Charlotte vs Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Bulls sat as 12-point favorites. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 190.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 10 (Bulls) and the No. 30 (Bobcats) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 97-87 result in favor of the Bulls is predicted by handicapping models.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 27-ranked offense, averaging 92.7 PPG, against a Bobcats defense that ranks No. 30 at 104.5 PPG. The Bulls field goal percentage has averaged 43.9% so far, more than the Bobcats shooters have achieved on the year, 42.1% per game.

Defensively, the Bobcats feature the league's No. 30-rated defense on the road, giving up 107.6 points per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 29 in the league in scoring at home.

Charlotte was a 98-95 loser in its last match at home against the Hornets. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 193 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 22 points in a failed effort to lead the Bobcats to victory (they lost 98-95 to New Orleans at Time Warner Cable Arena on Saturday).

The Bulls were an 87-77 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Wizards. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as favorites, while the total score (164) made winners of UNDER bettors. Chicago earned an 87-77 victory over Washington on Saturday, getting 17 points from Marco Belinelli at United Center.

Charlotte Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Cleveland are 6-4
After playing New Orleans are 4-6
After a loss are 0-10

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Orlando are 7-3
After playing Washington are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few Bobcats at Bulls trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Charlotte's last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Charlotte is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
Charlotte is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Charlotte is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Charlotte
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Charlotte
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chicago's last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Chicago's last 18 games

Next up:
Charlotte home to Cleveland, Friday, January 4
Chicago at Orlando, Wednesday, January 2