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Added February 20th, 2010 by David Glisan

NBA Betting Free Picks For Saturday:  Bucking The Trends

Big day of basketball betting action at your local sportsbooks, and we’ll take a look at a NBA game between the Charlotte Bobcats and Milwaukee Bucks.  Charlotte is currently holding down the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but Milwaukee is right in their rear view mirror.  The Bucks are currently in 9th place just 2 games behind the Bobcats.  Both teams played and won last night–Milwaukee overcame an early deficit to the Detroit Pistons to prevail on the road, while the Bobcats ran away from the Cleveland Cavaliers on their home floor.  The two teams have already met twice this year, with each winning and covering on their home floor.


The fact that the Bobcats and Bucks have each won and covered a game against each other at home this year isn’t a surprise.  Both teams are very good home teams, but struggle on the road.  The Bucks are 9-19 SU on the road, but 16-9 SU/15-10 ATS at home.  The Bobcats have a glossy 20-7 mark at home, but are a woeful 7-19 ATS on the road.  To their credit, they are 15-11 ATS on the road which suggests a decent effort on most nights, but the fact remains that they don’t win a lot of games on the road.

Another problem with the Bobcats is that they’ve shown a tendency to lose focus against teams that provide no particular motivation.  That’s how they can rout the Cleveland Cavaliers as they did last night, but still lose to the New Jersey Nets twice this year.  And while you’d like to think that the Bobcats would be motivated for a game against their most serious challenger for a playoff spot, its very likely that they’re still basking in the big win last night over the NBA leading Cavs.  Perfect situation for a ‘letdown spot’.  Bucks have won 4 straight going 3-1 ATS against Charlotte on their home floor, and with the home/road performance disparity of the two teams this looks like a good opportunity to play on the Bucks.


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