The series has gone 6-0 ATS to the home team lately, and that should hold tonight as well. Back the Charlotte Bobcats as +5½ home dogs when the Orlando Magic come to town.
The Magic took the first meeting against the Bobcats this season in Orlando by a 105-92 final count, covering as 9½-point home chalk and the total sneaking in under the closing number of 197½. These teams split last season's four game set with the Magic winning and covering both games at home. However, Charlotte also held serve on their home court, knocking off the Magic twice as short home underdogs.
[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner]The Bobcats find themselves in the underdog role here tonight as well. Orlando has been installed a 5½-point road chalk with the total set at 197½ (same as Game 1). Spread players take note: The Magic are an insane 12-2 ATS (86%) on the road this year. They’re 4-1 ATS vs. losing teams on the road, and 1-0 ATS against Southeast Division opponents. All in all, they come into this matchup a combined 17-3 (85%) ATS in this scenario, and certainly deserve to be laying points in this spot.
That being said, the Bobcats are a much better team when playing in their own gym as evidenced by their home/away splits. They’ve won seven of their 12 home games this season while only managing one win in eight tries on the road. They come into this spot a combined 10-8 ATS (56%) at home vs. +.500 divisional opponents this season. They’ve also been money at home ATS vs. Orlando the l/3 years going a combined 5-1 ATS.
With this being a series dominated ATS by the home team -- 6-0 ATS last six -- look for the Bobcats to give the Magic all they could ask for and more in this spot. Grab the points with this ugly rabid pup tonight!
Free Pick: Bobcats +5½ (-110)