NBA FREE PICK: Charlotte Bobcats +12.5
Charlotte vs. LA Lakers,
01/31/2012 22:30 EDT,
Score: 73 - 106
Point Spread: +12½/-105 Charlotte
As bad as the Bobcats have played in the early portion of the season, there is no reason for the Lakers to be favored by 13-points in this game. This isn't the same Lakers team from years past. In 21 games they have just three wins by more than 13-points, and two of those came in the first four games of the season.
The Bobcats are expected to get two key players back in their rotation tonight, as forward D.J. White and guard Gerald Henderson are both expected to return from injury. Henderson is a huge addition, as he leads the team in scoring at 15 ppg.
The Bobcats have succeeded in this role against a couple of pretty good teams already this season. In consecutive games Charlotte was 12.5-point underdogs on the road at Orlando and Chicago. They lost those two games by a combined 13-points, easily covering the spread in each game.
Los Angeles is just 14-37 ATS in their last 51 games as a home favorite of 11.0 or greater, while the Bobcats are an impressive 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog of 11.0 or greater. BET CHARLOTTE!