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NBA betting line favors Timberwolves over Bobcats

Charlotte BobcatsMinnesota Timberwolves
15-21January 10, 2014, 08:00 | Target Center17-18

The Timberwolves will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Bobcats tip off at Target Center on Friday in NBA play.

This season the Timberwolves are 17-18 overall and 19-16 ATS against the number, while the Bobcats are 15-21 and 20-15-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Minnesota is 17-17-1 on the OU, and Charlotte is 14-21-1.

View Charlotte Bobcats vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as 10-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 201.5 at BetOnline and other shops.

This game matches up the No. 6 (Timberwolves) and the No. 28 (Bobcats) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 96-90 result in favor of the Timberwolves is predicted by handicapping models.

Charlotte lost its last outing, a 97-83 result against the Wizards on January 7. The Bobcats failed to cover in that game as a 1.5-point underdog, while the 180 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Gerald Henderson went off for 27 points and added 7 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Washington defeated Charlotte, 97-83 at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Timberwolves were a 104-103 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Suns. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites, while the total score (207) made winners of UNDER bettors. Kevin Martin scored 20 points in a failed effort to lead the Timberwolves to victory (they lost 104-103 to Phoenix at Target Center on Wednesday).

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Minnesota's No. 5-rated squad against Charlotte's No. 20-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Minnesota rates No. 12 in the league with 8.03 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 29 with 5.28 per outing.

A few Bobcats at Timberwolves trends to consider:
Charlotte is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Charlotte is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Charlotte's last 6 games
Charlotte is 12-3 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
Minnesota is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games at home
Minnesota is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games when playing Charlotte
Minnesota is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Charlotte

Next up:
Charlotte at Chicago, Saturday, January 11th
Minnesota at San Antonio, Sunday, January 12th