We all know that the main talk right now is the Super Bowl odds and the water cooler chatter is all about who is everyone’s NFL picks for this weekend. And while the attention has been all on football, nobody has happened to catch what the Charlotte Bobcats are doing in the NBA.
Yes, that’s right. The Charlotte Bobcats.
The Bobcats, otherwise known as one of the least relevant basketball teams in the Carolinas, has won nine of their last 10 games and is the hottest team in the NBA right now – believe it or not.
This has been a very impressive turnaround for the Bobcats, who have never even finished a season above .500.
After winning just 18 games in their first season, the Bobcats jumped to 26 in their second year, then toiled with 33, 32 and 35 wins over the last three years.
So how have the Bobcats got the job done, you might wonder? The answer is simple: defense.
The Bobcats are the best defensive team in the NBA and they have been hearing what Larry Brown has been preaching, and they are clamping down. One of the best betting tips going around is to bet this under the total regularly.
The Bobcats have a slew of young talent while veterans Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace are carrying the scoring load. And while the Bobcats have markedly improved, you shouldn’t jump overboard for this team.
Here are the facts: the Bobcats are good enough to be one of the lower seeds in Eastern Conference but they definitely aren’t second round playoffs material.
The Bobcats did win nine of 10 but six of those were at home. This is still the team that lost to the New Jersey Nets, given them their first win of the year.
Right now, the odds for the Bobcats are growing in the sportsbook and each night, you have to lay a little bit more on the point spread since everyone thinks this team is great right now. But don’t be surprised if this team comes crashing down to Earth over the next two weeks as they have seven of their next eight on the road with contests against the Atlanta Hawks, the Denver Nuggets, the Phoenix Suns, the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Lakers.
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