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Bobcats face Clippers: NBA odds preview

Charlotte BobcatsLos Angeles Clippers
14-18January 01, 2014, 09:30 | STAPLES Center21-12

Charlotte travels to Los Angeles on Wednesday, hoping to boost its 14-18 mark with a victory over the Clippers.

The Clippers sport a record of 21-12 and 19-14 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Bobcats sit at 14-18 and 19-12-1 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 15-17-1 for the Clippers and 11-20-1 for the Bobcats. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Charlotte Bobcats vs Los Angeles Clippers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Bobcats before tip-off in this one found them as 11.5-point underdogs earlier at Bovada, while the total was sitting at 195.5 at TopBet.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 5-rated Clippers and the No. 22-ranked Bobcats, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 95-89 result in favor of the Clippers.

The Bobcats were an 83-80 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Jazz. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (163) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Bobcats got 19 points from Gerald Henderson, but it was Utah that prevailed in an 83-80 final on Monday at EnergySolutions Arena.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 107-88 loser as they battled the Suns at home. The Clippers failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point favorite, while 195 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Clippers endured a 107-88 loss at the hands of the Suns on Monday, despite a 15-point effort from Jamal Crawford at STAPLES Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 5-ranked offense (104.48 PPG) against a Bobcats defense that ranks No. 3 at 93.84 PPG. The Clippers have averaged 46.13% from the field per game, more than the Bobcats have managed so far this season (42.06% on average).

Next up:
Charlotte at Portland, Thursday, January 2nd
Los Angeles at Dallas, Friday, January 3rd