NBA Action Bobcats @ Cavaliers
The Charlotte Bobcats (13-22 SU, 20-15 ATS, 14-20-1 O/U) picked up their biggest win of the season on Tuesday, surprising the defending-champion Boston Celtics in their 114-106 overtime win, easily covering the spread for BetUS NBA sports betting backers in the process. The Cleveland Cavaliers (27-6 SU, 23-10 ATS, 15-18 O/U) have dropped two of their last three overall, including an 80-77 loss to the Washington Wizards on Sunday in which they failed to cover the spread as a 9-point road favorite in the BetUS Sportsbook.
The Bobcats got 25 points from Raymond Felton, 23 points from swingman Gerald Wallace and 20 points from rookie point guard D.J. Augustin.
“The one thing I always remember is when you’re a good team, every team you play against is trying to bring their best game,” Charlotte coach Larry Brown said. “We’ve got to learn to bring it every night like that and not just against Boston.”
Cleveland superstar LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 30 points and 10 assists while point guard Mo Williams added 13 points in the loss.
After an Antawn Jamison basket, James drove into the lane and made what appeared to be the tying score. Cleveland’s superstar, though, was called for traveling on a hesitation move he called a “crab dribble.”
“Bad call,” said James, who had 30 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. “We all make mistakes, and I think I got the wrong end of the bargain. I watched it 10 times after the game, and it was clearly a good play.”
Here is a look at the key betting trends for each team, followed by my in-depth analysis and NBA Free Picks:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte’s last 5 games on the road
Charlotte is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Charlotte is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
Charlotte is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Cleveland
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Charlotte
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Charlotte
Cleveland is 18-3 SU in its last 21 games
Charlotte Bobcats +13½ -110
Cleveland Cavaliers -13½ -110
Over 180½ -110
Under 180½ -110
Analysis: While I like the Cleveland Cavaliers to win this contest while bouncing back from their loss to Washington, I like the ‘new-look’ Bobcats to cover the spread as they come with a fine effort once again for Hall of Fame head coach Larry Brown. Lest anyone forget, the additions of Boris Diaw and Raja bell has given the Bobcats veteran experience, talent and more importantly, a new attitude and new focus under the demanding Brown.
Take the revitalized Bobcats to cover.