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Bobcats face Jazz: NBA odds preview

Charlotte BobcatsUtah Jazz
14-17December 30, 2013, 09:00 | EnergySolutions Arena9-24

The Jazz will be trying to slam the Bobcats on Monday when the teams tip off at EnergySolutions Arena in NBA betting action.

Utah will face the 14-17 Bobcats, who own a 19-11-1 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Jazz are 15-18 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Bobcats are 11-19-1 favoring the OVER.

View Charlotte Bobcats vs Utah Jazz Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Jazz sat as -2-point Favorite. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 188.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 22-rated Bobcats taking on the No. 23-rated Jazz in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 87-80 win for the Bobcats on Monday.

Last time out for Charlotte, they were a 118-116 loser as they battled the Hawks on the road. The Bobcats covered in the match as a 6-point underdog, while 234 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Al Jefferson scored 24 points and added 23 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 118-116 against Atlanta in NBA action at Philips Arena.

Utah lost its last outing, a 98-90 result against the Clippers on December 28. The Jazz covered in that game as a 14.5-point underdog, while the 188 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Jazz endured a 98-90 loss at the hands of the Clippers on Saturday, despite a 17-point effort from Enes Kanter at STAPLES Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Utah's No. 27-ranked offense (93 PPG) against a Bobcats defense that ranks No. 3 at 94.19 PPG. The Jazz have averaged 43.1% from the field per game, more than the Bobcats have managed so far this season (42.23% on average).

Next up:
Charlotte at Los Angeles, Wednesday, January 1st
Utah home to Milwaukee, Thursday, January 2nd