10:30 PM ET, December 10, 2013
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Even while Kobe Bryant’s comeback didn’t appear to mean much the Los Angeles Lakers and their online sports betting fans are happy he’s back.
After a nine-point, eight-rebound debut after missing the first 19 games due to a torn Achilles’ tendon, Bryant will try to continue bouncing back when the Lakers host the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday tonight.
The 35 year-old player played 28 minutes, going 2 of 9 from the field, 5 of 7 from the free-throw line and adding four assists while committing eight turnovers.
According to coach Mike D’Antoni, “He’ll work through his issues, and again, they’re baby steps. He’s coming back from a tough injury, and he’s coming off eight months … he is human, I think. We have to understand it’s going to take the other players around him.
“It’s going to be a little painful at first, but the biggest thing is just getting everybody else to step up and take care of him, and we did not do that.”
The Los Angeles team reserves scored 71 points Sunday, and by taking a look at the NBA live wagering lines it has increased their league-best average to 48.1 per game.
With the 15-time All-Star comeback the team’s problems wont be solved. Pau Gasol hasn’t impressed YouWager experts, averaging 11.3 points and 30.9 percent shooting in the last four games.
The Lakers are the worst defensive team in the Western Conference, allowing 103.0 points per game, and it’s given up at least 100 in four straight contests for the first time this NBA season.
That could mean good news at the offensive end for Phoenix (11-9), who is averaging 101.2 points and 46.2 percent shooting.
The Suns are also getting big production from their bench, as the reserves have averaged 38.0 points in the past six games.
Backup forward Markieff Morris scored a team-high 25 in a 106-97 victory versus the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, with Phoenix getting 47 points from reserves. Morris made his first 11 shots and is shooting 50.0 percent on the season.
Los Angeles (10-10) has recently dominated Phoenix at Staples Center, winning 12 of the past 13 meetings, including three wins in the 2010 Western Conference finals.
However, the Suns have taken four of the past six overall matchups.