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Washington Wizards vs. Charlotte Bobcats - 4/9/14

Charlotte Bobcats (39-38) at Washington Wizards (40-37)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)

The Line: Washington Wizards -5 -- Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TSOH, CSNB

Two playoff teams jockeying for position will square off Wednesday in a game between the Charlotte Bobcats and Washington Wizards. The Bobcats lead the series 2-1.

The Bobcats head into this matchup winners in five of their last six games and are hoping to take the sixth seed away from the Wizards in the East. On the season, the Bobcats average 96.7 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allow 97.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Al Jefferson has posted a double-double in four straight games and is shooting 50-plus percent for the second straight month. The Bobcats have held 10 of their last 14 opponents under 100 points. The Charlotte Bobcats are 45-29-3 ATS overall and 22-14-2 ATS on the road.

Washington Wizards vs. Charlotte Bobcats - 4/9/14

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The Wizards have won four of their last six games and are trying to avoid falling into that seventh seed. On the season, the Wizards average 100.4 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allow 99.8 points on 46 percent shooting. The Wizards are shooting 49.2 percent from the field in their last five games, while Marcin Gortat is shooting 63.5 percent during that same stretch. The Wizards have held six of their last seven opponents under 100 points. The Washington Wizards are 39-37-1 ATS overall and 15-22-1 ATS at home. 

The Bobcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Wizards are 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 home games and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Bobcats are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings, while the favorite is 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings.

The wrong team is favored in this matchup. Not only are the Bobcats playing better basketball right now, but they just beat the Wizards 100-94 a week ago. The Bobcats have the advantage on the glass and appear to also be the tougher team defensively.

I like the Bobcats to win SU, but I’ll gladly take all of the points I can get just to be safe. 

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Charlotte Bobcats +5

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