Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors
Tip-off: Monday, March 25, 2013 – 10:30 PM ET
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
The Golden State Warriors and their YouWager fans might not be able to count on Stephen Curry tonight when the team meets Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Warriors (40-31), sixth in the Western Conference, have won five of seven mainly due to Curry, who has averaged 30.2 points in those victories while hitting 59.6 percent from beyond the arc.
The 25 year-old turned in his best performance of that stretch Saturday before a right ankle sprain forced him to leave in the fourth quarter of a 101-92 victory versus the Washington Wizards. Before getting hurt in the opener of this five-game homestand, Curry scored 35 points with eight assists while connecting on 13 of 18 from the floor — 6 of 10 from long range.
X-rays were negative on his ankle, which he hurt on a hard foul by the Washington’s Cartier Martin while driving toward the hoop.
Golden State’s difficulties in the series come long before Curry joined the team in 2009. They Warriors have dropped 32 of 36 against Los Angeles, including 15 of 18 at home after falling 118-115 in overtime on Dec. 22.
Bryant had 34 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in that NBA games, and oddsmakers aren’t surprised he’s the driving force behind the Lakers’ dominance of Golden State.
The Black Mamba averages 30.6 points over his last 31 games against them, and 34.0 while playing in five of the Lakers’ six-game overall winning streak in the series.
Bryant wasn’t able to keep Los Angeles from blowing an 18-point second-half lead in Friday’s 103-100 home defeat versus the Wizards. The 5x NBA champion finished with 21 points and 11 assists in his return from a sprained left ankle that sidelined him for two games.
The Lakers, which are opening a four-game road trip, holds a two-game edge versus the Utah Jazz and the Dallas Mavericks for the eighth and final playoff position in the West.