Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Charlotte Bobcats - 3/2/14
Charlotte Bobcats (27-30) at Oklahoma City Thunder (43-15)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Charlotte Bobcats will be entering a hostile environment tonight when they pay a visit to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Bobcats have won five of their last seven games but will be looking to rebound from a painful 92-82 loss against the Spurs on Friday. Al Jefferson scored a team-high 20 points while Gary Neal added 15 points against his former team, but despite battling hard to lead by a point heading into the fourth quarter, the Bobcats just couldn't execute when it mattered and lost to the Spurs on a 12-2 game-winning run in the last 2:47. In a slow game where the Bobcats scored just four fast-break points, Kemba Walker struggled his way to 11 points on three of 15 shooting after pouring in 31 points in his previous outing so you have to give credit to the Spurs' defense there. Anyway, despite the loss, Charlotte is still 27-31 on the season which leaves them just one game behind the sixth placed Brooklyn Nets in the East.
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In the Western Conference, the Thunder were able to snap a three-game skid with a much-needed 113-107 win over the Grizzlies on Friday. Russell Westbrook had an efficient game of 21 points on seven of 12 shooting while Kevin Durant led the way with 37 points, 30 of which came in the second half to help the Thunder snap a season-worst three-game home losing streak. In other news, there have been reports that Caron Butler intends to sign with the Thunder after he clears waivers which will add some more veteran leadership to the young squad.
In ATS trends, the Bobcats are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a loss and 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine games overall, while the Thunder are 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a win and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four home games.
Head to head, the Bobcats are 1-5 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 0-5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Oklahoma City.
As good as the Bobcats have been this season, I can't see them beating the Thunder in their own building but I like their chances to keeping this to single digits.