Which Andrew Bynum will show up on Good Friday for the Los Angeles Lakers? The one who had 36 points and 8 rebounds in Wednesday’s win over the neighbouring Clippers? Or the petulant prima donna who was fined by the club for an attitude that left management and team-mates unimpressed?
With a date with the Rockets, the Lakers will hope for the former option with the All Star averaging 18.5 points and 14.5 rebounds in two previous meetings between the teams this season – with each side taking a win apiece.
Although the Lakers have now won four straight, Houston underlined their threat with an excellent victory in Chicago four days ago. At 6.5, they’re worth a punt especially with Goran Dragic upping his offensive production.
The Charlotte Bobcats are the worst team in the NBA. They’ve lost nine straight. Look up ‘terrible’ in the league’s dictionary, and you’ll see their logo. So why would you consider betting on the bottom feeders on Friday when they face Milwaukee? Because they’re at +13, and only twice in their current streak of haplessness have they lost by more than that. The Bucks will win – but maybe not by that much.
It’s a similar story for New Orleans at +11.5 against in-form San Antonio. The Hornets lost 89-86 to the Spurs last month and with the Texan title hopefuls eager to give their starters as much rest as possible, the score could be closer than the evident gulf in class between these two.
Bet of the Day: Take Charlotte at 13 against Milwaukee.