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Bobcats host Heat in basketball action

Miami HeatCharlotte Bobcats
28-11January 18, 2014, 07:30 | Time Warner Cable Arena17-24

The Bobcats hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Saturday as the Heat pay a visit to Time Warner Cable Arena in NBA betting action.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Bobcats currently sport a record of 17-24, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 22-18-1 ATS. The Heat are 28-11 and 18-21 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Bobcats post a 18-22-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Heat have gone 23-16 against the number.

View Miami Heat vs Charlotte Bobcats Odds and Stats.

Charlotte opened as 7.5-point underdogs at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 195 at Sportsbook.ag for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

The Bobcats - Heat odds would favor the Heat if the lines were set according to power ranks. Charlotte is rated No. 27 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Heat sit at No. 14. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 96-88 win for the Heat.

Miami was a 101-86 winner in its last match on the road against the 76ers. They covered the 11-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 187 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Miami got 25 points from Chris Bosh en route to a 101-86 victory over Philadelphia on Friday at Wells Fargo Center.

Last time out for Charlotte, they were a 111-101 winner as they battled the Magic on the road. The Bobcats covered in the match as a 1.5-point favorite, while 212 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Al Jefferson poured in 30 points for Charlotte on Friday, as they defeated Orlando 111-101 at Amway Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Charlotte's No. 28-ranked offense (93.8 PPG) against a Heat defense that ranks No. 8 at 98.26 PPG. The Bobcats have averaged 42.85% from the field per game, less than the Heat have managed so far this season (50.65% on average).

A few Heat at Bobcats trends to consider:
Miami is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games
Miami is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Miami is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Charlotte
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Charlotte
Charlotte is 1-4-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Charlotte's last 14 games at home
Charlotte is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Miami
Charlotte is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Miami

Next up:
Miami at Atlanta, Monday, January 20th
Charlotte home to Toronto, Monday, January 20th