NBA Odds and Free Picks at YouWager: Lakers vs. Thunder
8:00 PM ET, December 13, 2013
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
With Kobe Bryant back there are many YouWager bettors excited for the Los Angeles Lakers, even while they haven’t won just yet.
Without playing last night, the Lakers suffered another defeat.
Steve Blake is out for at least six weeks with an elbow injury, meaning Bryant is expected to shift over to point guard for lengthy stretches starting with tonight’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Bryant suited up on Sunday, but the 35 year-old has shown a little rust in his first two games back after eight months of rehab for his torn Achilles tendon.
The Philadelphia native missed nine of 11 shots in a 106-94 defeat versus the Toronto Raptors in his debut, but looked better on Tuesday, going 6 of 11 from the field and finishing with a team-high 20 points in a 114-108 defeat against the Phoenix Suns.
Los Angeles (10-11) hasn’t lost three straight this season, but the Lakers will face a tall task tonight versus Oklahoma City (17-4), who are 10-0 at home.
The Lakers long-term prognosis got a bit dicier on Thursday as well, as the team announced Blake would miss at least six weeks with a torn elbow ligament. With Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar already out, Bryant is expected to handle the starting point guard duties with Xavier Henry backing him up.
Blake’s injury initially happened Nov. 26 versus the Washington Wizards, but he was able to continue playing through it.
The Thunder have won 12 of 13 and has averaged 111.0 points during their latest winning streak, which stretched to four with Wednesday’s 116-100 win versus the Memphis Grizzlies.
According to online sports betting experts it was Russell Westbrook who led the way with 27 points and nine assists while backcourt reserves Jeremy Lamb and Reggie Jackson combined for 35 points.
In the same way as Bryant, Westbrook got hurt in April. However the recovery from his lateral meniscus tear is doing fine, as Westbrook has averaged 23.0 points and 9.3 assists in the Thunder’s past three NBA games.