Authored by National Basketball Association Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Basketball game on Wednesday December 31, 2014 at 7:00 PM EST.
The (10-22) Charlotte Bobcats of the Eastern Conference Southeast Division will make the trip from the Queen City to Space City to take on the (21-9) Houston Rockets of the Western Conference Southwest Division 2014 NBA action. The teams will play at The Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. This Sports Handicapper is disappointed with the Charlotte Bobcats and their signature Free Agency acquisition Lance Stephenson, who came over from Indiana. The Houston Rockets are in second place in the most competitive Division in the NBA. The betting line is not available for Wednesday game.
The 2014-15 Charlotte Bobcats have not played to their expectations after making the 2014 NBA Playoffs. Charlotte must get it together fast and make a trade before the deadline. Rumors have Stephenson going back to the Indiana Pacers; the high priced Guard is questionable Wednesday with a groin injury. Forward Al Jefferson is also out with a lower body injury, but he return unknown. The Bobcats have lost three in a row, their latest a 104-94 home defeat to the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime. Charlotte is 0-5-1 Against The Spread their last six in Houston. The betting odds under is 6-1 the last seven between the teams at the Toyota Center. Charlotte is 3-1 on NBA Against The Point Spread Predictions their last four on the road, going over the betting odds total twice and staying under twice. Charlotte has talent but has taken a few step back in 2015. The Bobcats lack enthusiasm and team chemistry. The key to a Charlotte win is to play stellar defense.
The 2014-15 Houston Rockets are playoff ready and need to advance in the post-season. Houston lost in the first-round in 2014 to Portland, and many experts say it was the worst playoff performance they seen. Houston is concentrating more on defense this season, giving up and average of 97.4 points per contest. The Rockets lost two straight including a December 29th home defeat to Washington 104-103 at home. The betting odds over is 4-0 Houston last four after an ATS loss. Houston will play back to back games on January 2nd at New Orleans and back home to face the Miami Heat on January 3rd. Houston is 1-4 Against The Point Spread their last five at home, going over the betting odds total three times and staying under twice. Houston must stay focused and learn how to grind games out to be successful. Houston point guard Patrick Beverly has to be more consistent.
Free Pick: Side and Total.