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How To Bet On Bobcats Rockets – Bobcats Try To Defy The Odds In Houston

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/31/2013 6:07:29 PM

When the Charlotte Bobcats play the Houston Rockets this Saturday night, they will no longer enjoy the position of comparative leverage they owned nearly two weeks ago.

Charlotte Bobcats @ Houston Rockets - Saturday, February 2   
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Why Charlotte Will Win

The high-stakes poker games that take place on a nightly basis in the NBA require an elite point guard, and Kemba Walker is that man for Charlotte.

The Bobcats gave Houston a battle at home on Jan. 21 and narrowly lost, 100-94. That contest was even closer than the final score indicated, because Charlotte took an 81-74 lead into the fourth quarter and still led by a 94-93 margin with two minutes left in regulation. However, Houston scored the game's final seven points, sealing the victory in the 48th and final minute of play with its defense.

That was the game which snapped Houston's seven-game slide, but with Charlotte point guard Kemba Walker exploding for 35 points, one could reasonably think that the Bobcats could still give the Rockets a strong push in this rematch, played 12 days later on Houston's home floor. Walker – like Kyrie Irving and some of the other dynamic young point guards in the game – possesses the ability to take over on any given night.

Naturally, Walker is not in Irving's class, but he can ripen into an even better player over the course of time. What's more relevant with respect to this matchup is that Houston had no answer for him nearly two weeks ago. Walker is going to step on the court fully believing he can torch the Rockets once more. If that happens, Charlotte's going to be in the hunt until the very end, and will have a chance to steal this game on the road.

Why Houston Will Win

People in the football betting world who don't pay all that much attention to NBA basketball have probably noticed a few things about the Charlotte Bobcats. When casual observers have a decent handle on a team, that either means the team in question is really good or really bad. Charlotte is obviously the latter.  

Yes, it's true that Charlotte recently snapped a 16-game home-court losing streak when it beat the Minnesota Timberwolves on Jan. 26. However, Minnesota wasn't dressing six players on that night, including injured superstar Kevin Love. Charlotte began this season 7-5 but has suffered an 18-game team losing streak and that 16-game slide at home in subsequent weeks. All told, the Bobcats are 4-29 over the past two months, easily the worst record in the NBA over that period of time.

One also has to mention that Charlotte's hand isn't as strong as it was on Jan. 21, when it almost knocked off Houston. The Bobcats aren't playing this game at home, for one thing. What's even more important to note is that Houston has legitimately woken up, emerging from a seven-game losing streak earlier in January by playing some of its best basketball of the season over the past week. The Rockets decisively turned back a solid Brooklyn squad by 13 points on Saturday, and they followed up that superb outing with their best game of the season on Monday, beating the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City by 45 points (125-80).

Who Will Win

This is going to be a runaway. Houston is rolling right now, and Charlotte isn't likely to get another 35-point performance from Kemba Walker, which – instructively – wasn't even enough to beat the Rockets at home on Jan. 21. Charlotte doesn't have a leg to stand on. The Bobcats should get blown out.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Houston


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