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Bobcats host Celtics in basketball action

Boston CelticsCharlotte Bobcats
5-10November 25, 2013, 07:00 | Time Warner Cable Arena7-7

The Bobcats will try to cover the spread at Time Warner Cable Arena on Monday when they get a visit from the Celtics in basketball action.

This season the Bobcats are 7-7 overall and 8-5-1 ATS against the number, while the Celtics are 5-10 and 8-7 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Charlotte is 4-9-1 on the OU, and Boston is 5-10.

View Boston Celtics vs Charlotte Bobcats Odds and Stats.

For bettors going with the Bobcats in this one, they were listed earlier as -4-point Favorite on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 185.5 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.

This game pits the Bobcats, currently No. 24 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Celtics, who rate No. 26 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 84-81 victory for the Bobcats.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 94-87 winner as they battled the Hawks on the road. The Celtics covered in the match as a 9.5-point underdog, while 181 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Celtics grabbed a 94-87 win over the Hawks on Saturday, behind a 17-point effort from Brandon Bass at Philips Arena.

Charlotte won its last outing, a 96-72 result against the Bucks on November 23. The Bobcats covered in that game as a 2-point underdog, while the 168 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Charlotte cruised to victory on Saturday, running Milwaukee out of the gym and running up a 96-72 score at Bradley Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Charlotte's No. 28-ranked offense (89.64 PPG) against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 11 at 98.13 PPG. The Bobcats have averaged 40.9% from the field per game, less than the Celtics have managed so far this season (44.48% on average).

Next up:
Boston home to Vancouver, Wednesday, November 27th
Charlotte home to Indiana, Wednesday, November 27th