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Jazz vs Bobcats NBA Game Preview

Utah JazzCharlotte Bobcats
7-22December 21, 2013, 07:30 | Time Warner Cable Arena13-14

Charlotte will look to improve on its 13-14 record on Saturday when they host Utah in NBA odds action at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Charlotte battles the Jazz, currently with a 7-22 mark (12-16-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 9-17-1 for the Bobcats and 13-16 for the Jazz. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Bobcats sat as -4-point Favorite. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 188.

This game pits the Bobcats, currently No. 24 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Jazz, who rate No. 25 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 87-79 victory for the Bobcats.

Last time out for Utah, they were a 118-85 loser as they battled the Hawks on the road. The Jazz failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point underdog, while 203 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Utah was run off the court by the Hawks on Friday as Atlanta blasted them 118-85 at Philips Arena.

In their last action, Charlotte was a 116-106 winner on the road against the Pistons. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (222) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Detroit was victimized by Kemba Walker for 34 points as the Bobcats defeated the Pistons 116-106 in NBA action on Friday.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Jazz rank No. 25 in the league with 41.1 per game. That compares with Charlotte’s No. 14 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Charlotte is the NBA’s No. 30-ranked team at 4.59 per game, while the Jazz rate No. 27 with 5.93 per contest.

A few Jazz at Bobcats trends to consider:
Utah is 7-17-1 SU in its last 25 games
Utah is 4-12-1 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Utah is 6-1-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Charlotte
Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Charlotte
Charlotte is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games
Charlotte is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Charlotte is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Charlotte's last 9 games at home

Next up:
Utah at Vancouver, Monday, December 23rd
Charlotte home to Milwaukee, Monday, December 23rd