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Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Bobcats - 1/11/14

Charlotte Bobcats (15-22) at Chicago Bulls (16-18)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Bulls -5.5 -- Over/Under: 178.5 See the Latest Odds


The Chicago Bulls can make it five straight wins tonight if they can get past the Charlotte Bobcats at the United Center.

The Bobcats have lost seven of their last eight and will be hoping to make amends for their embarassing loss last night when they got trounced by the Timberwolves by 119-92. With the game over by halftime, Anthony Tolliver was allowed to play extra minutes and made five threes to lead the team with 21 points, but the Bobcats just couldn't find a way to slow down the Wolves who shot over 54 percent from the field. Al Jefferson continued his struggles from the field, scoring just eight points on three of nine shooting after scoring just six points against the Wizards on Tuesday. With the loss, Charlotte fall to 15-22 on the season and 7-11 on the road.

Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Bobcats - 1/11/14

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Meanwhile, the Bulls management continued their methodical dismantling of the roster by shipping off Luol Deng, but that hasn't slowed down the rest of the team too much as they are coming off a fourth straight win overall and their third straight on the road. Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 13 rebounds in his first game back from a knee injury while Mike Dunleavy added 18 points as the Bulls grinded their way to a scrappy 81-72 win over the lowly Bucks. The win lifts Chicago to 16-18 overall and 6-11 on the road.

In ATS trends, the Bobcats are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 road games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games overall, while the Bulls are 6-0 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.

Head to head, the Bobcats are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings in Chicago and the road team is 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings.

The Bulls have already beaten the Bobcats this season back on Nov. 18 but I actually think the Bobcats can nab one back. Sure, in terms of form, the Bobcats have nothing to be proud of, but I'm taking the points where I can in what should be a super low scoring game.

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Charlotte +4.5

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