Charlotte Bobcats vs. Chicago Bulls - 1/25/14
Chicago Bulls (21-20) at Charlotte Bobcats (19-25)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Charlotte Bobcats -1 -- Over/Under: 181 See the Latest Odds
The Charlotte Bobcats square off against the visiting Chicago Bulls on Saturday night from the Queens City.
Head to head, the Bulls are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Charlotte while the road team is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings. The Bobcats are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Central, but just 15-36 ATS in their last 51 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Bulls on the other hand are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games, 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
The Chicago Bulls might be coming off a home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers last night, but they have actually been one of the better teams in the NBA since the start of the year, having won 12 of 17 straight up and covering the spread in 11 of those contests. The Bulls continue to be one of the premier defensive units in the league, holding opponents to an average of 92.5 points per game, which is second to only the Indiana Pacers. Chicago has also defeated the Charlotte Bobcats in their last four meetings and nine out of their last 10 overall.
The Bobcats are also coming off a loss last night, allowing Carmelo Anthony to go off for a MSG record 62 points as they fell 125-96. The loss broke a two-game winning streak for Charlotte, despite being without their second leading scorer in Kemba Walker who will be out for another week with a left ankle injury. At 19-26, the Bobcats currently find themselves in eighth spot in the East, which just shows you how weak the conference really is. At 14-29, the Philadelphia 76ers find themselves just four games out of the last spot, ouch.
Who do you trust more tonight, the Chicago Bulls or the Charlotte Bobcats? I sure know who I trust more. While the Bobcats have actually been pretty good at home recently, Chicago has been better on the road as they have covered the spread in six of their last seven away from the United Center. Both teams are coming off losses last night, but I just think Chicago is the better team and they respond with the victory here...
Dan’s Pick: Chicago -1
Follow me on Twitter @Dan_SCP
Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports