NBA Betting — Bobcats Look to Continue Hot Streak Against Celtics in Friday Action

Very quietly, there is a team in the Eastern Conference that is showing BetDSI customers and other NBA bettors that it has some “chops” and may be ready to pull off a surprise come playoff time. That team is the…..

Charlotte Bobcats?

That’s right – a club that really didn’t have much of an identity beyond its owner, Michael Jordan – and will actually change its identity next season – is securely in the playoffs and fully capable of beating anyone in the East, with the possible exception of Indiana or Miami, both of whom they may be able to avoid in the opening round.

The idea of “Bobcats” and “playoffs” in the same sentence is something relatively foreign; only the peripatetic Larry Brown was ever able to lead this team to a playoff spot, and his reward was to ultimately be sent packing. But they are over the .500 mark and driving toward the #6 seed in the East, which would give them the opportunity to play against either Toronto or Chicago in the first round of the post-season.

They could have a fighting chance there, but to get into that position it would help if they could beat the Boston Celtics on Friday night in NBA betting action that is set to begin at 7:35 PM ET at the TD Garden in Boston.

In the basketball odds that have been placed on this game by the people at BetDSI, the Bobcats are laying points on the road:

Charlotte Bobcats -5
Boston Celtics +5

Over 193.5 points -110
Under 193.5 points -110

Both teams are using first-year head coaches. Brad Stevens, who led Butler to the NCAA title game in back-to-back seasons, has had a difficult time transitioning to the NBA, although there are a lot of people who hope that he gets a chance to finish what he started. The Celtics are 23-55 straight-up and 37-41 against the basketball pointspread.

Charlotte turned to former Los Angeles Laker assistant Steve Clifford as their head coach this season, and NBA bettors have seen that he has instilled a more disciplined approach, as the Bobcats – who will assume the nickname “Hornets” next season – defend reasonably well (allowing 44.2%) and commit fewer turnovers than anybody in the league. Clifford absolutely deserves some consideration for the coach of the year award, as he has, to risk using a cliche, changed the culture around this team.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt if you have Al Jefferson to score points down low. He is averaging 21.7 points and 10.7 rebounds, and has unquestionably been one of the best acquisitions of the off-season; a real feather in the cap of Jordan, who has not gained a reputation as one ff the sharpest wheeler-dealers in the league.

Jefferson was just named the named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, and has been playing at an All-Star level for many years without ever actually appearing in the All-Star game itself. BetDSI customers know that the has certainly come a long way since he originally broke in with the Celtics in the 2004-05 season, right out of high school.

Jefferson has led the Bobcats to five straight victories, all of which they have covered against the NBA betting odds. The chalked up a big win on Wednesday against the Washington Wizards (94-88), which pulled them into the tie for the #6 spot in the East. This has been a group of “Cardiac Cats,” who blew a 20-point lead in the game and had to play their fourth overtime game in the last seven outings to settle the score.

Meanwhile, what is going on with the Celtics looks more like cardiac arrest. Boston is now on an eight-game losing streak, and has blown considerable fourth-quarter leads to Detroit and Atlanta in the last two games. These teams have split the two meetings between them thus far, with each club winning on the other’s court.

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