Philadelphia 76ers vs. Charlotte Bobcats

The Charlotte Bobcats look to avoid their 15th straight loss as they host the Philadelphia 76ers tonight.  The 76ers are -11.5 point favorites over the Bobcats with an over/under point total set at 177.5.

The losses keep on piling up for the Bobcats who are currently riding a franchise worst 14 game losing streak after Saturday night’s 111-86 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Clippers. Charlotte hasn’t won since defeating Golden State back on January the 14 th  and have been outscored by an average of 24.9 points during their last six games. The 76ers on the other hand bounced back from consecutive losses to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-84 on Saturday to improve to 19-9 on the season. A win tonight for Philly would make them just the fourth team to 20 wins, something that took for 45 games to achieve last season. 
  
Lou Williams scored 17 points and Jrue Holiday added 15 as the 76ers crushed the Bobcats 89-72 in their first meeting of the season in Philadelphia. The Sixers never trailed as they jumped out to a 14-3 lead and cruised to a 59-37 advantage at half time, which proved to be the difference in the games. Rookie Kemba Walker added 14 points for a Charlotte squad that shot just 38% from the floor.

Head to head, the  road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The Bobcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog of 11.0 or greater, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The 76ers on the other hand are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite of 11.0 or greater, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400 and 20-9-1 ATS in their last 30 games overall.

Anything is possible in sports and the Bobcats may in fact end up covering in this game, but with the way they have been playing lately, how can you back them here and feel confident about it? Philly have lost two of their last three overall, but their last two road games resulted in double digit wins at Atlanta and Cleveland, two teams well above what the Bobcats resemble now. Charlotte couldn’t get within 25 points in their last two home outings against Chicago and Los Angeles, I don’t see how they keep this one close either.

Pick

Philadelphia 76ers -11.5 Charlotte Bobcats

February 13, 2012 by : Posted in NBA, Sportsbook No Comments

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