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Charlotte BobcatsOklahoma City Thunder
March 18, 8:00 PM | Ford Center

Charlotte Bobcats vs Oklahoma City Thunder Odds

28-39TEAM RECORD44-23

The NBA betting slate features a clash between Oklahoma City and Charlotte on Friday, with the host Thunder trying to win for fans supporting them with their cheers and their money.

The Bobcats will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 32-33-2 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Thunder are 36-31 ATS. Charlotte is 31-36 against the total, while Oklahoma City is 38-29 versus the number.

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Betting Line:
Sportsbooks have set the Thunder as 9.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed at 195, but may be on the move.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Thunder at No. 9 and the Bobcats at No. 23 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 102-95 result in favor of the Thunder.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Oklahoma City's No. 5-ranked offense (104.6 PPG) against a Bobcats defense that ranks No. 11 at 96.7 PPG. The Thunder have averaged 46.1% from the field per game, more than the Bobcats have managed so far this season (44.5% on average).

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Bobcats own the league's No. 11-rated mark, allowing 97.9 points per game when on the road. Oklahoma City, on the other hand, rates No. 3 in home scoring.

Charlotte lost its last outing, a 94-78 result against the Rockets on March 16. The Bobcats failed to cover in that game as a 7.5-point underdog, while the 172 combined points took the game UNDER the total. D.J. Augustin scored 22 points in a failed effort to lead the Bobcats to victory (they lost 94-78 to Houston at Toyota Center on Wednesday).

Oklahoma City was a 96-85 winner in its last match on the road against the Heat. They covered the 6–point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 181 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Kevin Durant went off for 29 points and added 7 rebounds leading Oklahoma City over Miami, 96-85, on Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Charlotte Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing San Antonio are 7-3
After playing Houston are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Toronto are 2-8
After playing Miami are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few Bobcats at Thunder trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Charlotte's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte's last 5 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Charlotte's last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Charlotte's last 9 games when playing Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Oklahoma City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Oklahoma City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Charlotte
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games

Next up:
Charlotte at San Antonio, Saturday, March 19
Oklahoma City home to Toronto, Sunday, March 20