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NBA: Charlotte vs Washington, March 9, 2013 - 8:00 PM
Capper: Steve Merril
Pick: OVER 189.5
We expect an up and down game with little defensive effort which will lead to a high-scoring game between the Bobcats and Wizards on Saturday night.
Charlotte is not playing any defense lately. The Bobcats have allowed 116 points or more in three of their last four games. Going back a bit further, Charlotte has allowed 101 points or more in 8 of their last 11 games. The Bobcats have played no defense on the road all season long; they are allowing 104 points per game on 47.5% shooting from the field and 38.4% shooting from three-point land. Charlotte played at home last night and they allowed 116 points to Oklahoma City. Tonight will be their third game in four nights and they are not going to start playing defense all of a sudden.
Washington also played last night and they lost 95-78 at Brooklyn. The Wizards offense has been really struggling lately; they’ve scored 95 points or less in six consecutive games. But they are still playing at a fast pace and took 90 shots last night but those shots just didn’t go in. Washington will get their offense in gear tonight against the woeful Charlotte defense. In the last game against Charlotte, the Wizards took 93 shots and scored 106 points despite shooting only 36.6% from the field and 22.2% from three-point land. We expect an up and down game with little defensive effort which will lead to a high-scoring game between the Bobcats and Wizards on Saturday night.
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