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Bobcats battle vs Thunder highlights NBA odds

Oklahoma City ThunderCharlotte Bobcats
23-5December 27, 2013, 07:00 | Time Warner Cable Arena14-15

Charlotte looks to cover the Bobcats-Thunder pointspread on Friday and improve its overall 14-15 mark when they host Oklahoma City in NBA action.

The Thunder will try to spoil the party on Friday; they are 16-12 ATS against the number this season, while the Bobcats are 17-11-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). Oklahoma City is 16-12 on the totals; Charlotte is 10-18-1.

View Oklahoma City Thunder vs Charlotte Bobcats Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Bobcats installed as 9.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 199.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 23-rated Bobcats and the No. 3-ranked Thunder, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 98-89 result in favor of the Thunder.

Charlotte won its last outing, a 111-110 result against the Bucks on December 23. The Bobcats failed to cover in that game as a 6.5-point favorite, while the 221 combined points took the game OVER the total. Al Jefferson went off for 26 points and added 9 rebounds leading Charlotte over Milwaukee, 111-110, on Monday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Charlotte's No. 29-ranked offense, averaging 92.41 PPG, against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 8 at 98.43 PPG. The Bobcats field goal percentage has averaged 42.35% so far, less than the Thunder shooters have achieved on the year, 46.93% per game.

A few Thunder at Bobcats trends to consider:
Oklahoma City is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
Oklahoma City is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
Oklahoma City is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Charlotte is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
Charlotte is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Charlotte's last 22 games
Charlotte is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Oklahoma City home to Houston, Sunday, December 29th
Charlotte at Atlanta, Saturday, December 28th