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Pointspread favors Thunder in battle with Bobcats

Oklahoma City ThunderCharlotte Bobcats
March 8, 7:00 PM | Time Warner Cable Arena

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Charlotte Bobcats Odds

45-16TEAM RECORD13-48

Charlotte looks to cover the Bobcats-Thunder pointspread on Friday and improve its overall 13-48 mark when they host Oklahoma City in NBA action.

This season the Bobcats are 13-48 overall and 20-41 ATS against the number, while the Thunder are 45-16 and 35-23-3 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Charlotte is 26-34-1 on the OU, and Oklahoma City is 31-28-2.

View Oklahoma City vs Charlotte Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Bobcats were listed as 14-point underdogs at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including GTbets.eu), with the total was listed at 203 over at 5Dimes earlier.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Bobcats at No. 30 and the Thunder at No. 1 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 109-90 result in favor of the Thunder.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Charlotte's No. 27-ranked offense (93 PPG) against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 13 at 97.4 PPG. The Bobcats have averaged 41.8% from the field per game, less than the Thunder have managed so far this season (48.2% on average).

Defensively, the Thunder feature the league's No. 15-rated defense on the road, giving up 99.3 points per game. Charlotte, meanwhile, comes in at No. 24 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Oklahoma City, they were a 95-94 winner as they battled the Knicks on the road. The Thunder failed to cover in the match as an 8-point favorite, while 189 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Oklahoma City got 34 points from Kevin Durant en route to a 95-94 victory over New York on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

The Bobcats were a 99-78 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Nets. They failed to cover the 10-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (177) made winners of UNDER bettors. Charlotte was run off the court by the Nets on Wednesday as Brooklyn blasted them 99-78 at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Boston are 8-2
After playing New York are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

Charlotte Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Washington are 3-7
After playing Brooklyn are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

A few Thunder at Bobcats trends to consider:
Oklahoma City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Oklahoma City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Charlotte
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Oklahoma City's last 12 games when playing Charlotte
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Charlotte's last 12 games when playing Oklahoma City
Charlotte is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Oklahoma City home to Boston, Sunday, March 10
Charlotte at Washington, Saturday, March 9