Charlotte Bobcats vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 12/27/13
Oklahoma City Thunder (23-5) at Charlotte Bobcats (14-15)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Charlotte Bobcats +9.5 -- Over/Under: 197.5 See the Latest Odds
The Charlotte Bobcats will be looking for a big upset tonight when they play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Thunder have won 10 of their last 11 games and were able to rebound from a rare loss by cruising past the Knicks by 123-94 on Christmas Day. Kevin Durant led the way with 29 points without breaking a sweat and Russell Westbrook added a triple-double before sitting out the final quarter of the game as the Thunder showed no mercy against a Knicks team playing without Carmelo Anthony. The Thunder looked seriously good on Christmas Day, but it's hard to get too excited about the win because the Knicks really weren't playing with any intensity on either sides of the court and it actually looked like a shootaround for Durant at times. With the win, OKC improve to 23-5 and 10-4 on the road.
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On Monday, Al Jefferson scored 26 points while Kemba Walker added 25 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Bobcats past the Bucks by 111-110 in overtime. Anthony Tolliver and Cody Zeller added 12 points apiece but no other player even finished in double figures as the the Bobcats overcame an 18-point deficit to win their fourth game in five outings to improve to 14-15 on the season.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 6-0 ATS in their last six road games and 4-1 ATS in their last five against a team with a losing record, while the Bobcats are 5-0 ATS in their last five against a team with a winning record but just 1-4 ATS in their last five games at home.
Head to head, the Thunder are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings overall but the home team is 6-2 ATS in the last eight.
This game is a little tricky to pick because I'm sure the Thunder will win this game with the form they're in, however, the Bobcats haven't been too bad themselves and have actually been able to hang with the better teams in the league. I'm just going to stick with my gut instinct and take the Thunder who have been red-hot while still improving with every game they play.
Westbrook has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery which means he will miss the next two months of play, so now I actually think the Bobcats will get the cover tonight.