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Cavaliers vs Bobcats NBA Game Preview

Cleveland CavaliersCharlotte Bobcats
Jan 4, 7:00 PM | Time Warner Cable Arena

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Charlotte Bobcats Odds


The Bobcats will hit the floor running against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, looking to bolster their record and bolster wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Bobcats sit at 8-23 (12-19 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Cavaliers are currently 7-26 (14-19 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Charlotte is 16-14-1 OU, and Cleveland is 17-16 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bobcats sit at No. 30 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Cavaliers are at No. 26 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Cavaliers will win this game 93-90.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Charlotte's No. 16-rated squad against Cleveland's No. 15-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Charlotte rates No. 24 in the league with 6.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 9 with 7.7 per outing.

Defensively, the Cavaliers feature the league's No. 14-rated defense on the road, giving up 99.4 points per game. Charlotte, meanwhile, comes in at No. 19 in the league in scoring at home.

Cleveland lost its last outing, a 97-94 result against the Kings on January 2. The Cavaliers failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point favorite, while the 191 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Cavaliers endured a 97-94 loss at the hands of the Kings on Wednesday, despite a 22-point effort from Kyrie Irving at Quicken Loans Arena.

In their last action, Charlotte was a 91-81 winner on the road against the Bulls. They covered the 12-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (172) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Charlotte earned a 91-81 victory over Chicago on Monday, getting 18 points from Kemba Walker at United Center.

Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 7-3
After playing Sacramento are 7-3
After a loss are 2-8

Charlotte Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Detroit are 1-9
After playing Chicago are 4-6
After a win are 3-7

A few Cavaliers at Bobcats trends to consider:
Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Charlotte
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland's last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland's last 9 games when playing on the road against Charlotte
Cleveland is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games
Charlotte is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Charlotte's last 9 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Charlotte's last 12 games at home

Next up:
Cleveland home to Houston, Saturday, January 5
Charlotte at Detroit, Sunday, January 6