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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Charlotte Bobcats Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/31/14

Charlotte Bobcats (20-27) at Los Angeles Lakers (16-30)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 204.5 See the Latest Odds


The Charlotte Bobcats head to the Staples Center on Friday to face off against the Lakers. 

The Los Angeles Lakers are currently in fourth place in their division, as the Lakers are just trying to ride out this season, in hopes of some big free agent pickups to get Kobe another title run.  The Lakers are just 16-30 this season, and on their home floor the Lakers are only 8-12 on the year.  Los Angeles has dropped five straight games heading into Friday’s meeting with the Bobcats, with their latest loss coming on Tuesday against the Pacers at the Staples Center, 104-92.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Charlotte Bobcats Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/31/14

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The Charlotte Bobcats are actually playing decent ball this season as the Bobcats are 20-27 on the season.  Their record doesn’t necessarily show it, but Charlotte has one of the better defenses in the league this year, and if this team can acquire another scorer to compliment Jefferson, the Bobcats could be a tough out.  Right now the Bobcats are scoring just over 94 per game however, a big reason why their record isn’t better than it is.  Charlotte is just 1-2 in their last three games, but the Bobcats did earn a win in their last outing, defeating the Denver Nuggets, in Denver 101-98 on Wednesday.

The Bobcats are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games following an outright win, and the Bobcats are 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six games following an outright win.

The Lakers are 5-2-1 against the spread in their last eight games when playing on two days of rest, and the Lakers are just 1-5 against the spread in their last six games following an ATS loss.

I have to take the under in this spot.  I don't see either team lighting up the boards in this one, and am surprised the odds makers have the total as high as it is.  I'm on the under here on Friday.

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