NBA Picks: Lakers vs. Bobcats

Jordan Sharp

Friday, February 8, 2013 3:06 PM UTC

Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 3:06 PM UTC

In what is probably one of the most surprising lines of the NBA season, the Bobcats are just +6 underdogs tonight against the Lakers. How do we make our NBA picks on this? ATS or Total?

NBA Picks: Lakers vs. Bobcats

The NBA Odds have LA as -6 favorites tonight in Charlotte, after the Lakers got trounced last night in Boston. Dwight Howard did make his return to the court last night, but will that be enough for the Lakers on a back-to-back tonight?

Never thought I’d see it

Who would have thought at the beginning of the season that we would be sitting here right before the All Star break discussing the Lakers being only -6 favorites to the Bobcats, one of the worst teams in the NBA both SU and ATS. The Bobcats are 11-37 SU and 18-30 ATS this season, but the Lakers aren’t that much better.

Howard playing tonight really helps the Lakers, as Charlotte is awful in the post. The Bobcats are also awful defensively in the post, so if Howard can stop being like a word that rhymes with pushy but with two s’s, I like the Lakers. However, that is a tall order. 

Bobcats big upset? 

This might be the nail in the coffin for LA tonight if they los outright to the Bobcats. If they lose this one, they could have a very tough time in reaching the Western Conference Playoffs. Charlotte is the worst team in the NBA ATS, and almost the worst home teams ATS this season if it weren’t for the Bulls.

Tonight they’ll be getting back the services of rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but I don’t think it will matter much against Kobe Bryant. Kobe is about to take this game over along with Howard.


The Sharp Pick

With way too much uncertainty ATS, I’m once again siding with the total. At 203, the over seems like the play here. LA gave up a ton of points last night, and they will do somewhat of the same tonight. On the other side, Charlotte is the NBA’s worst defensive team, to the Lakers should top 100 points tonight with ease. So, for my free NBA pick, I'm siding with a play on the total score.

NBA Picks: OVER 201

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