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Trail Blazers vs Bobcats Preview

Charlotte BobcatsPortland Trail Blazers
14-19January 02, 2014, 10:00 | Rose Garden25-7

The Trail Blazers will hit the floor running against the visiting Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday, looking to bolster their record and bolster wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Bobcats will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 19-13-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Trail Blazers are 19-13 ATS. Charlotte is 12-20-1 against the total, while Portland is 24-8 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Charlotte Bobcats vs Portland Trail Blazers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Trail Blazers installed as -11.5-point Favorite in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 199.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 22-rated Bobcats taking on the No. 3-rated Trail Blazers in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 97-90 win for the Trail Blazers on Thursday.

Last time out for Charlotte, they were a 112-85 loser as they battled the Clippers on the road. The Bobcats failed to cover in the match as a 10.5-point underdog, while 197 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Bobcats were blown out by Los Angeles on Wednesday, losing by a 112-85 final at STAPLES Center in basketball betting action.

Portland won its last outing, a 98-94 result against the Thunder on December 31. The Trail Blazers covered in that game as a 6-point underdog, while the 192 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Portland got 25 points and 14 rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge en route to a 98-94 victory over Oklahoma City on Tuesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Portland's No. 1-ranked offense (108.25 PPG) against a Bobcats defense that ranks No. 3 at 94.39 PPG. The Trail Blazers have averaged 45.5% from the field per game, more than the Bobcats have managed so far this season (41.95% on average).

Next up:
Charlotte at Sacramento, Saturday, January 4th
Portland home to Philadelphia, Saturday, January 4th