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Trail Blazers face Bobcats: NBA odds preview

Portland Trail BlazersCharlotte Bobcats
45-24March 22, 2014, 07:00 | Time Warner Cable Arena33-36

Charlotte will look to improve on its 33-36 record on Saturday when they host Portland in NBA odds action at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Bobcats sit at 33-36 (39-28-2 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Trail Blazers are currently 45-24 (37-32 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Charlotte is 32-35-2 OU, and Portland is 40-28-1 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). View Portland Trail Blazers vs Charlotte Bobcats Odds and Stats.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Bobcats at No. 14 and the Trail Blazers at No. 10 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 97-92 result in favor of the Trail Blazers.

Portland was a 116-103 winner in its last match at home against the Wizards. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 219 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Portland got 28 points from Wesley Matthews en route to a 116-103 victory over Washington on Thursday at Moda Center.

Charlotte lost its last outing, a 104-99 result against the Nets on March 19. The Bobcats covered in that game as a 6.5-point underdog, while the 203 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Bobcats endured a 104-99 loss at the hands of the Nets on Wednesday, despite an 18 -point effort from Al Jefferson at Barclays Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Charlotte's No. 25-ranked offense (95.71 PPG) against a Trail Blazers defense that ranks No. 25 at 103.23 PPG. The Bobcats have averaged 44.06% from the field per game, less than the Trail Blazers have managed so far this season (45% on average).

A few Trail Blazers at Bobcats trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Portland's last 7 games
Portland is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Portland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Portland's last 9 games on the road
Charlotte is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Charlotte is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Charlotte's last 6 games
Charlotte is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Portland at Miami, Monday, March 24th
Charlotte home to Houston, Monday, March 24th