The Charlotte Bobcats Are Historically Awful in the Gambling World Too

by April 20, 2012

The Bobcats are in dangering of being labeled as the worst team in NBA history — a mark not so proudly held by the 1972-’73 Philadelphia Sixers — and things are so bad in Charlotte, that folks who bet on NBA games in Las Vegas don’t know what to make of Michael Jordan’s sad sack of a franchise. Per USA Today: “Ashton Grewal of writes that the Bobcats are on the verge of setting record for futility of covering the betting spread. In in the past 18 games (all losses) the team is 4-14 against the spread. The team has lost all three games they were favored in this season. The have lost nine games by 30 or more points and 21 games by 20 or more points. Writes Grewal: ‘The ‘Cats are in danger of finishing with the lowest winning percentage against the spread in recent history. Entering Friday’s slate, Charlotte is 21-40 against the number, which means they cover the spread .343 percent of the time.’s records go back as far as the 1990-91 season and only two teams covered at a lower clip: the 2003-04 Orlando Magic (.333) and the 2001-02 New York Knicks (.333). ‘This is my 14th (NBA) season in Las Vegas,’ professional handicapper and Covers Expert Ted Sevransky said, ‘and I have never seen a team as bad as the Bobcats.’ Grewal asked Cal Neva oddsamker Chris Andrews how you make a point spread on the Bobcats enticing enough for gamblers. ‘It really is a challenge,’ Andrews said. ‘In this business, the wiseguys can always find a reason to back the dog. You know, a regression to the mean. But we’re just not seeing that with this team.’ Charlotte is a 12 1/2 point underdog tonight against visiting Memphis.”