The Phoenix Suns have been struggling on the road, although they did cover in Atlanta last night, and things do not get any easier when they visit the upstart Bobcats in Charlotte tonight.
The Phoenix Suns have lost two straight and three of their last four. Their road trip may not get any easier in Charlotte Bobcats when facing a hot squad who has won three in a row.
Phoenix lost a close one in Atlanta, 102-101, but covered as a 5½-point underdog against the Hawks. The Suns were able to muster 21 fast break points, but had poor shooting from the three-point and free throw lines only connecting at 15.4 and 71.9 percent, respectively.
The Under was easy money with 203 combined points holding well below the closing total of 216.
Larry Brown’s Bobcats had one of their best games of the season on Friday by blowing out the San Antonio Spurs, 92-76, as two-point home dogs. Five Spurs reached double figures in scoring, but Charlotte held San Antonio to only 38.8 percent shooting from the field.
Former member of the Suns, Boris Diaw, came to life for the Bobcats with 26 points and 11 rebounds. He had a hot hand hitting 10 of 14 from the field, including 4 of 4 from beyond the arch.
The victory for Charlotte marked the second straight ATS cover for the team. Diaw’s squad had become undervalued after failing to cover ATS for three straight prior to Friday.
Phoenix and Charlotte have both seen four of their last six matchups slide ‘under’ the ‘total.’ However, the ‘over’ has soared through at Time Warner Cable Arena in Bobcats’ matchups there with a record of 10-9.
The unusual spot of Charlotte getting to play at home for back-to-back nights should help the Bobcats more than the Suns. Diaw and Company have performed well at 7-2 ATS in the second night of back-to-back spots while the Suns are 3-5 ATS.
The Over has collected at a combined 10-7 for both teams when they head into any contest without a day of rest. Defense has been impacted more than offense in these situations with the Suns allowing an average of 115 PPG in the second night of back-to-backs.
Charlotte opened as a one-point favorite for this 7 p.m. (ET) tip against Phoenix, according to SBRodds.com. Early steam sent the line north to as much as 2½ points with bettors not fearing a letdown for the Bobcats.
Sports books opened the Total at 208 which is the highest number for any Bobcats’ matchup this season. Don't forget to check SBROdds.com as well for NBA free picks.
Phoenix has won nine of its last 10 meetings with the Bobcats, including current 4-1 SU and ATS runs when visiting Charlotte. However, last season’s tip in the Tar Heel state was won big by the Bobcats, 98-76, as four-point underdogs.
The Under is on a 3-0 streak in games between these squads with the Bobcats hosting them. These three matchups all failed to go north of 200 combined points