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Thunder vs Bobcats Betting Preview

Charlotte BobcatsOklahoma City Thunder
27-31March 02, 2014, 07:00 | Chesapeake Energy Arena44-15

The visiting Bobcats hope to send their backers to the pay window on Sunday as they look to cover the spread at Chesapeake Energy Arena against the Thunder.

The Thunder bring a 44-15 record (32-26-1 ATS) to the battle against the 27-31 Bobcats, who are 32-24-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Oklahoma City go 31-28 so far and the Bobcats go 27-29-2. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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For bettors going with the Thunder in this one, they were listed earlier as -12-point Favorite on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 203 for Sunday at shops such as 5Dimes.

The Thunder - Bobcats odds would favor the Thunder if the lines were set according to power ranks. Oklahoma City is rated No. 5 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Bobcats sit at No. 22. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 97-90 win for the Thunder.

The Bobcats were a 92-82 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Spurs. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (174) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Bobcats got 20 points from Al Jefferson, but it was San Antonio that prevailed in a 92-82 final on Friday at AT&T Center.

The Thunder were a 113-107 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Grizzlies. They earned a push of the 6-point spread as favorites, while the total score (220) made winners of OVER bettors. The Grizzlies were burned for 37 points by Kevin Durant on Friday as the Thunder picked up a 113-107 win at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Oklahoma City's No. 8-rated squad against Charlotte's No. 21-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Oklahoma City rates No. 17 in the league with 7.49 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 29 with 5.76 per outing.

A few Bobcats at Thunder trends to consider:
Charlotte is 6-2-1 ATS in its last 9 games
Charlotte is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Charlotte is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Oklahoma City
Charlotte is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Oklahoma City is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games
Oklahoma City is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Charlotte at Miami, Monday, March 3rd
Oklahoma City home to Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 4th