Much of the focus will be on the injured ankle of Kobe Bryant since the Lakers superstar did not play on Saturday in a win over Portland. The Lakers proved they can win without Kobe in basketball betting but they definitely would like to have him for this matchup against the Blazers.
NBA betting had Lamar Odom tying his career high with 22 rebounds on Saturday as the Lakers rolled over the Blazers 99-82 at Portland. Winning without Kobe is something the Lakers have not had to worry about since Bryant had played in 235 straight games. He is averaging 28 points per game this season. Andrew Bynum of the Lakers has also been dealing with an injury. He played the last two games but he does have swelling in his left knee. "It's some swelling in it and I'm trying to get it out," Bynum said, "The only way to do that is rest. So over the All-Star break with that time that we have, I should be able to get back."
San Antonio didn’t have to travel for this game on Monday since they played the Clippers on Saturday. It was an easy game for the Spurs as they rolled 98-81. The Spurs lead the season series against the Lakers as they won the first meeting this season. The teams have split their last ten basketball betting meetings overall. The Lakers have won the last three home games against San Antonio. Kobe is averaging 24.6 points per game in his career against the Spurs.
San Antonio has been very good on Monday’s in NBA betting as they are 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 Monday games. The Spurs are 18-7-2 ATS in their last 27 vs. the Pacific. The Spurs are 1-4 in NBA betting in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles.
The Lakers are 1-3-1 vs. the NBA betting line in their last 5 games overall. The Lakers have struggled in basketball betting on Monday as they are 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 Monday games.
Five of the last six San Antonio road games have gone under in NBA betting. The last four Los Angeles games against the Southwest Division have gone under the basketball betting total. The last four meetings between the two teams in L.A. have gone under the NBA betting number.