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NBA Game Preview - Bobcats underdogs vs Grizzlies at Charlotte

Memphis GrizzliesCharlotte Bobcats
31-23February 22, 2014, 07:00 | Time Warner Cable Arena26-30

The Bobcats will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Grizzlies tip off at Time Warner Cable Arena on Saturday in NBA play.

Supporters of the Grizzlies have seen them go 31-23 and 24-29-1 ATS so far this season, while the Bobcats are at 26-30 and 31-23-2 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Bobcats are 26-28-2, while the Grizzlies are 25-29.

View Memphis Grizzlies vs Charlotte Bobcats Odds and Stats.

For bettors going with the Bobcats in this one, they were listed earlier as 2-point underdogs on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 180 for Saturday at shops such as 5Dimes.

The Bobcats - Grizzlies odds would favor the Grizzlies if the lines were set according to power ranks. Charlotte is rated No. 26 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Grizzlies sit at No. 12. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 89-87 win for the Grizzlies.

Memphis won its last outing, a 102-96 result against the Clippers on February 21. The Grizzlies covered in that game as a 2-point underdog, while the 198 combined points took the game OVER the total. Zach Randolph scored 21 points and chipped in with 11 rebounds for Memphis on Friday, leading the Grizzlies to a 102-96 victory over Los Angeles at FedExForum.

Charlotte won its last outing, a 90-87 result against the Pelicans on February 21. The Bobcats earned a push in that game as a 3-point favorite, while the 177 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Al Jefferson went off for 33 points and added 10 rebounds leading Charlotte to a 90-87 win over New Orleans on Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Charlotte's No. 25-ranked offense, averaging 95.25 PPG, against a Grizzlies defense that ranks No. 3 at 94.48 PPG. The Bobcats field goal percentage has averaged 43.84% so far, less than the Grizzlies shooters have achieved on the year, 45.62% per game.

A few Grizzlies at Bobcats trends to consider:
Memphis is 15-4-1 SU in its last 20 games
Memphis is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Memphis is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis's last 5 games on the road
Charlotte is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Charlotte's last 7 games when playing Memphis
Charlotte is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Memphis
Charlotte is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Memphis

Next up:
Memphis home to Los Angeles, Wednesday, February 26th
Charlotte at San Antonio, Friday, February 28th