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Bobcats open as NBA underdog vs Raptors

Toronto RaptorsCharlotte Bobcats
20-19January 20, 2014, 02:00 | Time Warner Cable Arena17-25

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

The Bobcats sit at 17-25 (22-19-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Raptors are currently 20-19 (23-16 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Charlotte is 19-22-1 OU, and Toronto is 20-19 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Toronto Raptors vs Charlotte Bobcats Odds and Stats.

Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Bobcats as 5-point underdogs in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 186 earlier at GTbets.eu.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Bobcats rated this week at No. 27 and the Raptors sitting at No. 7. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 92-86 result in favor of the Raptors today.

In their last action, Toronto was a 112-106 loser at home against the Lakers. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (218) was profitable news for OVER bettors. DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points in a failed effort to lead the Raptors to victory (they lost 112-106 to Los Angeles at Air Canada Centre on Sunday).

Last time out for Charlotte, they were a 104-96 loser as they battled the Heat at home. The Bobcats failed to cover in the match as a 6.5-point underdog, while 200 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Al Jefferson scored 22 points and added 14 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 104-96 against Miami in NBA action at Time Warner Cable Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Charlotte's No. 28-ranked offense, averaging 93.86 PPG, against a Raptors defense that ranks No. 3 at 96.38 PPG. The Bobcats field goal percentage has averaged 42.96% so far, less than the Raptors shooters have achieved on the year, 43.64% per game.

Next up:
Toronto home to Dallas, Wednesday, January 22nd
Charlotte home to Los Angeles, Wednesday, January 22nd