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Charlotte Bobcats vs. Atlanta Hawks - 11/11/13

Atlanta Hawks (3-3) at Charlotte Bobcats (3-3)

NBA Basketball: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)

The Line: Charlotte Bobcats +2.5 -- Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Charlotte Bobcats collide with the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night from Time Warner Cable Arena.

Head to head, the Hawks are 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings and 4-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Charlotte while the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings. The Bobcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 homes games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine games overall, but just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 2 days rest. The Hawks on the other hand are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, but just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 vs. Eastern Conference.

Charlotte Bobcats vs. Atlanta Hawks - 11/11/13

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If past results are anything to go by, then the Charlotte Bobcats are in for a tough time against the Atlanta Hawks tonight. To put it bluntly, the Hawks have dominated the Bobcats over the last couple of seasons, winning eight straight games while covering in seven of those. In fact, the Hawks average winning margin in those eight contests is 16.3 points and they have won the last three meetings in Charlotte by an average of 14 points.

The Bobcats come into tonight’s showdown off a loss to New York on Friday night, however, they have had an encouraging start to the season winning three of their first six games. It has to be mentioned that they have done this without their prize free agent recruit in Al Jefferson, who has been sidelined with a sprained ankle since the season opener in Houston. Jefferson did practice with the team on Sunday and will be a game time decision tonight. Atlanta, who are coming off a 104-94 home win over the Orlando Magic on Saturday, have also started the season 3-3, although they have played four of those games on the road.

This is a tricky one because we won’t know about the status of Al Jefferson closer to game time. In any event, I’m going to assume that he doesn’t play tonight and I like the Hawks. Not really taking previous results into account, I just think that Atlanta is the better team and I don’t see the Bobcats having any answers for Al Hordord and Paul Millsap down low. Like I already touched on, the Hawks have played four road games thus far so I don’t think it will worry them playing away from home and while they are 1-3 in those games their last two losses in Los Angeles and Denver were both by two points...

Dan’s Pick: Atlanta -2.5

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