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Bobcats vs Lakers NBA Game Preview

Charlotte BobcatsLos Angeles Lakers
20-27January 31, 2014, 10:30 | STAPLES Center16-30

The Lakers will try to cover the spread at STAPLES Center on Friday when they get a visit from the Bobcats in basketball action.

The Bobcats will try to spoil the party on Friday; they are 25-21-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Lakers are 25-21 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). Charlotte is 21-25-1 on the totals; Los Angeles is 25-19-2.

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According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 30-rated Lakers and the No. 27-rated Bobcats in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 89-87 win for the Bobcats on Friday.

The Bobcats were a 101-98 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Nuggets. They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (199) made winners of UNDER bettors. Denver was victimized by Al Jefferson for 35 points as the Bobcats defeated the Nuggets 101-98 in NBA action on Wednesday.

The Lakers were a 104-92 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Pacers. They failed to cover the 10.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (196) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Lakers got a 21-point performance from Pau Gasol, who added 13 rebounds, but Indiana still ran past Los Angeles 104-92 on Tuesday at STAPLES Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bobcats rank No. 23 in the league with 41.87 per game. That compares with Los Angeles’s No. 20 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Los Angeles is the NBA’s No. 5-ranked team at 9.2 per game, while the Bobcats rate No. 29 with 5.57 per contest.

Next up:
Charlotte at Phoenix, Saturday, February 1st
Los Angeles at Minnesota, Tuesday, February 4th