It’s a damning indictment on the ongoing futility of the Charlotte Bobcats that a victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night would see them equal a franchise record of a mere four consecutive wins on the road. But despite their 5-5 start, it already looks beyond them to reach the play-offs for only the second time in ten seasons.
It’s hard to blame everything on Michael Jordan. Just the last three and a half years with the team going 67-172 under his reign. As close to perfection as any player could be, MJ’s abilities as an owner and executive have been wholly flawed, with one poor draft choice after another.
Two recent picks, Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, were both high Lottery selections and while they’re combining for 26 points per game this season, there’s little sign that either is about to break out into a bona fide star. And Cody Zeller, taken fourth in the 2013 draft, is averaging 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds, hardly an indication of a future All Star.
Jordan’s next big move will be to reclaim the Hornets nickname next summer and he has claimed that there will be no tanking to land another high pick in 2014. With a roster of misfits, that should sort itself.
The Bobcats are averaging just 89.2 points per night and they’re running into a Bulls team which has won four straight, including the extinction of Indiana’s unbeaten start.
In that run, they’ve put up 99.7 points per contest and they’re -11.5 on the handicap here. With Derrick Rose on the upswing, back Chicago and go over the total points line of 180, available at 1.91.
The Los Angeles Clippers won’t easily forget how they were ousted from last season’s play-offs by the Memphis Grizzlies but they get a first chance to extract some revenge tonight.
LA have won four consecutive games and they’re 6-0 at home and this could come down to a battle between Blake Griffin and Zach Randolph with the former notching almost 23 points per game.
The Clippers are -8 on the handicap but with Memphis gaining some traction, have a punt on going over the points line of 199.5 instead at 1.91.
Take Chicago on the handicap of -11.5 over Charlotte at 1.91
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