NBA Pick: Charlotte Bobcats +3½ over Detroit Pistons

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 5:00 AM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 5:00 AM UTC

The Bobcats actually have a chance to win back-to-back games as they return home from a road win in Orlando, and look for them to takes advantage of a struggling Pistons defense.

One of the bottom dwellers in the NBA actually has a chance to gain some momentum on Wednesday night when the Detroit Pistons (21-34, 6-18 away) pay a visit to those Charlotte Bobcats (13-40, 7-19 home) at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC at 7:05 ET.

The point spread at Bookmaker Sportsbook has Charlotte as a home underdog for this contest with the current line at +3½ with odds of -110.

The Bobcats have won two of their last three games and they now have a rare chance to win back-to-back games as they return home from a nice 105-92 road win over the Orlando Magic in Florida last night as five-point underdogs in a game that was surprisingly not really in doubt as the Bobcats led by 10 points after the first quarter and by 20 points at halftime.

Charlotte may rank 24th in the NBA in scoring with 94.0 points per game, but the offense has been much better since seven-footer Byron Mullens returned after missing 19 games with a sprained ankle. Mullens has averaged 18.1 points and 9.1 rebounds in seven games since returning, and he has recorded at least 20 points and at least 10 rebounds in three of his last five games, including 20 points and 12 rebounds in the win last night.

In addition to Mullens, the Bobcats suddenly have a good deep backcourt, naturally led by point guard Kemba Walker, who leads the club with his 17.3 points per game and who led the way with 20 points when Charlotte beat these Pistons 108-101 on the road in Detroit on January 6th.

Besides Walker, shooting guard Gerald Henderson has scored in double figures in eight straight games and the Cats have nice depth at the guard position with Ramon Sessions adding 14.9 points per game off the bench and veteran Ben Gordon adding 12.6.

Also the win in Detroit earlier on continued the uncanny success of the underdogs in this head-to-head series as they have gone 8-2 against the spread in the last 10 meetings.

The Pistons are coming off of a 105-91 home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at Auburn Hills last night as the Detroit defense continued to spring some leaks after playing reasonably well earlier in the season. They permitted the Grizzlies to shoot an incredible 56.2 percent (45-for-80) in that contest while continuing a string of allowing 100-point games, and the Bobcats suddenly seem equipped to take advantage of those leaks.

The Pistons are now down to 14th in the NBA in points against at 97.1 per game and 13th in field goal percentage against at 44.5 percent, thanks to allowing an average of 100.8 points on 47.6 percent shooting over the last five games.

Also, Detroit’s 6-18 road record hardly exudes confidence in a road favorite, so take the points with Charlotte and do not be surprised if the Bobcats do win their second straight game on Wednesday.


NBA Pick: Bobcats +3½ (-110)

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