Charlotte Bobcats vs. Golden State Warriors - 12/9/13
Golden State Warriors (12-9) at Charlotte Bobcats (9-11)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Charlotte Bobcats +5 -- Over/Under: 191.5 See the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors go for their fourth win in five games when they pay a visit to the Charlotte Bobcats tonight.
The Warriors have won three of their last four after blowing past the defensive-minded Grizzlies by 108-82 on Saturday night. Stephen Curry scored 22 points and 15 assists, while David Lee added 23 points and 11 rebounds, but it was especially good to see Klay Thompson rebound from a season-low five point outing on Friday with a strong performance of 30 points on 12 of 19 shooting. On the defensive end, the Warriors held the Grizzlies to just 82 points on 36.5 percent shooting, which is a great sign of improvement because they've been allowing opponents to average 106.6 points in their last eight outings.
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Meanwhile, the Bobcats have lost four of their last six but were able to avoid a third straight loss on Friday by beating the 76ers by 105-88. Jeff Taylor filled in for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and led six players in double figures with a career-high 20 points, while Kemba Walker added 18 points and a season-high 10 assists. With the win, Charlotte improve to a surprising 9-11 record on the season and it's actually been their defense which has held opponents under 100 points for 13 straight games. I'm as surprised as you are.
In ATS trends, the Warriors are 4-0 ATS in their last four against the Eastern Conference and 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 road games, while the Bobcats are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall and 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a win.
The Warriors look to have finally found some form after losing five of six, but their free-flowing offense could be tested tonight against the surprisingly good defense of the Bobcats. No doubt, the Warriors are in better form at the moment, but the Bobcats are second in the league in points allowed, so with the added home court advantage I'm actually taking Charlotte with the points here.