The New Jersey Nets and Charlotte Bobcats meet for the second time in six days, and the Cats are hoping to do a little better at containing Deron Williams. Should NBA bettors expect a different outcome this time around.

This matchup is set to tip-off at 7:00 PM ET from Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte where the NBA odds makers are favoring the Bobcats by -1.5 with the total at 192.5.

Charlotte Bobcats

Sunday in Charlotte, the Bobcats (5-32 SU, 14-23 ATS) opted not to double-team Williams and the three-time All-Star made them pay dearly for their questionable strategy. D-Will went for an NBA season-high 57 points in a 104-101 victory. He was 16 of 29 from the field and made all 21 of his free throws as Williams bested his previous career high of 42 points.

Williams, who averages team highs of 22.4 points and 8.2 assists for the Nets (13-27 SU, 17-23 ATS), attributed much of his scoring to Charlotte’s decision to use one man to try and stop him.

The rest of New Jersey’s starters combined for 20 points on 6-of-19 shooting, with Kris Humphries (11) the only one to score more than six. The lack of scoring from the starting lineup was a key reason why NJ failed to cover as a -4.5 point favorite.

Trouble from downtown

Despite Williams’ scoring exploits, Charlotte had a chance to force overtime, but D.J. Augustin missed a 3-point attempt with one second left. The Bobcats didn’t do themselves any favors missing 12 of their 14 shots from beyond the arc.

Although Silas seemed only worried about stopping Williams, he should make sure his team respects the shooting of Jordan Farmar. If they don’t, maybe a call to the Clippers might help.

In New Jersey’s game against LA, Vinny Del Negro’s team was focusing on Williams, who found a wide open Farmar, who drained a 3-pointer with 2.0 seconds left in a 101-100 win. Farmar finished with 16 points, while Williams had 21 and 10 assists. New Jersey also earned the ATS win as a +7.5 point underdog.

Deron WilliamsUp and down Bobcats

Charlotte bounced back from its loss to the Nets with an impressive 100-84 victory over Orlando on Tuesday. It followed that up, however, with Wednesday’s 99-93 loss to Utah, its 22nd in 24 games. The good news is that the Bobcats covered the NBA betting spread in all three games and going 0-4 ATS.

Where’s Boris?

The Bobcats and Boris Diaw have enjoyed better days. Head coach Paul Silas said he “doesn’t know” if he’ll play again this season and admits he’s frustrated by his lack of effort. Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins says Diaw’s agent recently approached him about a buyout or trade. If one is granted, I can’t for the life of me see why any team would be interested in a whiny, self-centered player who is averaging 7.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

With Charlotte playing out the string to the season, Silas is giving players like rookie guard Kemba Walker more quality minutes. Walker, the former UConn star, is averaging 13 points and four assists per game.

NBA Picks: New Jersey is certainly no great shakes but with Williams, MarShon Brooks and Farmar, the Nets have three capable scorers. I don’t see that many when I look at the Bobcats bench. It’s a low number, one that I think New Jersey can handle.

Good luck!