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NBA Game Preview - Lakers underdogs vs Bobcats at Charlotte

Los Angeles LakersCharlotte Bobcats
10-12December 14, 2013, 07:00 | Time Warner Cable Arena10-13

Time Warner Cable Arena will feature Bobcats vs. Lakers action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NBA action.

The Lakers will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 13-9 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Bobcats are 14-8-1 ATS. Los Angeles is 13-9 against the total, while Charlotte is 7-15-1 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Los Angeles Lakers vs Charlotte Bobcats Odds and Stats.

The Lakers were listed as 2-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 197.5 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

This game matches up the No. 25 (Bobcats) and the No. 22 (Lakers) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 88-87 result in favor of the Bobcats is predicted by handicapping models.

The Lakers were a 122-97 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Thunder. They failed to cover the 12.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (219) made winners of OVER bettors. Los Angeles was run off the court by the Thunder on Friday as Oklahoma City blasted them 122-97 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Charlotte lost its last outing, a 99-94 result against the Pacers on December 13. The Bobcats covered in that game as a 12-point underdog, while the 193 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Bobcats endured a 99-94 loss at the hands of the Pacers on Friday, despite a 21-point effort from Al Jefferson at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Charlotte's No. 29-ranked offense, averaging 90.61 PPG, against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 29 at 104.32 PPG. The Bobcats field goal percentage has averaged 41.46% so far, less than the Lakers shooters have achieved on the year, 44.16% per game.

A few Lakers at Bobcats trends to consider:
LA Lakers is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games
LA Lakers is 4-7-1 SU in its last 12 games on the road
LA Lakers is 3-13 ATS in its last 16 games when playing Charlotte
LA Lakers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Charlotte
Charlotte is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Charlotte's last 7 games at home
Charlotte is 13-3 ATS in its last 16 games when playing LA Lakers
Charlotte is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing LA Lakers

Next up:
Los Angeles at Atlanta, Monday, December 16th
Charlotte home to Sacramento, Tuesday, December 17th