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Charlotte Bobcats vs Toronto Raptors Odds
The Toronto Raptors host Charlotte on Friday, looking to build on their 25-40 mark against the 14-50 Bobcats in NBA action at Air Canada Centre.
The Bobcats will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 21-43 ATS against the number this season, while the Raptors are 32-32-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). Charlotte is 28-35-1 on the totals; Toronto is 32-33.
The visitors opened this morning as 12.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 192 at BetOnline and other shops.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Raptors at No. 22 and the Bobcats at No. 30 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 97-88 result in favor of the Raptors.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Toronto's No. 29-rated squad against Charlotte's No. 27-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Toronto rates No. 13 in the league with 7.4 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 27 with 5.7 per outing.
Defensively, the Bobcats feature the league's No. 26-rated defense on the road, giving up 104.1 points per game. Toronto, meanwhile, comes in at No. 19 in the league in scoring at home.
In their last action, Charlotte was a 100-74 winner at home against the Celtics. They covered the 10-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (174) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Boston was run off the court by the Bobcats on Tuesday as Charlotte blasted the Celtics 100-74 at Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Raptors were a 112-88 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Celtics. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (200) made winners of OVER bettors. The Raptors were blown out by Boston on Wednesday, losing by a 112-88 final at TD Garden in basketball betting action.
Charlotte Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Boston are 1-9
After playing Boston are 3-7
After a win are 1-9
Toronto Raptors Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Miami are 6-4
After playing Boston are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5
A few Bobcats at Raptors trends to consider:
Charlotte is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Charlotte's last 13 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Charlotte's last 15 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Charlotte's last 21 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Toronto's last 15 games when playing at home against Charlotte
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Toronto's last 12 games when playing Charlotte
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games
Charlotte at Boston, Saturday, March 16
Toronto home to Miami, Sunday, March 17