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Bobcats face Magic: NBA odds preview

Charlotte BobcatsOrlando Magic
35-37March 28, 2014, 07:00 | Amway Center20-52

A key NBA battle sees the visiting Bobcats travelling to Orlando Friday to face the Magic on Friday.

Orlando will face the 35-37 Bobcats, who own a 41-29-2 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Magic are 31-41 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Bobcats are 34-36-2 favoring the OVER.View Charlotte Bobcats vs Orlando Magic Odds and Stats.

Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Magic as 4-point underdogs in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 193.5 earlier at GTbets.eu.

This game pits the Magic, currently No. 23 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Bobcats, who rate No. 11 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 90-86 victory for the Bobcats.

In their last action, Charlotte was a 116-111 winner at home against the Nets. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (227) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Brooklyn was victimized by Al Jefferson for 35 points as the Bobcats defeated the Nets 116-111 in NBA action on Wednesday.

Last time out for Orlando, they were a 95-85 winner as they battled the Trail Blazers at home. The Magic covered in the match as a 6.5-point underdog, while 180 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Tobias Harris scored 25 points and chipped in with 11 rebounds for Orlando on Tuesday, leading the Magic to a 95-85 victory over Portland at Amway Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Orlando's No. 24-ranked offense (96.71 PPG) against a Bobcats defense that ranks No. 4 at 97.38 PPG. The Magic have averaged 44.27% from the field per game, more than the Bobcats have managed so far this season (44.19% on average).

A few Bobcats at Magic trends to consider:
Charlotte is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
Charlotte is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Charlotte's last 9 games
Charlotte is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Orlando is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Orlando's last 5 games
Orlando is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 games at home
Orlando is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
Charlotte home to Washington, Monday, March 31st
Orlando home to Toronto, Sunday, March 30th