They have struggled against the spread since their starting center injured his knee.

L.A. Times: With 22 victories against the point spread in their first 33 games, the Lakers had become one of the NBA’s best bets behind the unselfish play of Kobe Bryant.

But things have changed over the last two weeks for Coach Phil Jackson’s young team.

Since the Lakers covered the line with an impressive victory at New Orleans on Jan. 9, they are 1-5 against the spread heading into tonight’s game at Dallas.

And, with center Andrew Bynum and swingman Trevor Ariza expected to be sidelined because of injuries until at least March, the dry spell for Lakers’ supporters may continue for a while.

The Lakers, who were 7 1/2 -point underdogs and failed to cover in a 12-point loss at San Antonio on Wednesday, will be 8 1/2 -point underdogs against the Mavericks.

This will be the Lakers’ first meeting this season with the Mavericks, who are 6-2-1 against the spread in their last nine home games against a team with a winning road record.

Continue reading ‘Lakers fading without Bynum’

  • T-Dub

    Hey look at Bynums left knee in the posted picture to this article. This guy is really knock-kneed. I wonder if that had something to do with that dislocation?

  • LakersFirst

    [Comment ID #23555 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Gary Vitti talked about his knock-knees (obviously by this picture, he wasn’t kidding):

    “Andrew has some predisposing factors skeletally if you see him — a little bit knock-kneed, wide pelvis — [that] makes him prone to this type of thing.”

    Hopefully he won’t have these types of injuries throughout his career.

  • sammie

    I just know when the time Bynum comes back all recovered and healthy, he is going to be more serious, stronger, faster, and smarter than he ever has been. I just can’t wait to see how good he will be next season. LOOK OUT SHAQ! IT’S BYNUM TIME!

  • http://www.mr47.com mr47

    If any of ya’ll bothered reading the entire article, what do you think of what it says about kwame!? That’s amazing that he brings the team down even when they’re winning. I can’t believe a #1 draft pick could be this bad. It would be another thing if the #1 didn’t turn into an all-star and was average…but kwame is waaaaaay below average.

  • LakersOnFire

    now’s the time for guys to step up and show what they’ve got with extended playing time. it’s also a chance for kobe to show that he can trust his teammates with the ball and doesn’t have to score 50 every night to get them a win. we saw this against denver and the first half of the spurs game. i hope tonights game shows alot of ball movement and kobe making smart decisions with the ball.

    hopefully they can do some training with bynum to strengthen his legs to avoid an injuries that his physique might predispose him to.

  • MILO

    1MONTH HE’LL BE BACK I JUST HOPE THIS INJURY DONT AFFECT HIS GAME I HOPE HE HAS NO PROBLEMS GETTING UP THERE FOR REBOUNDS THIS IS FRUSTRATING

  • MILO

    MIHM WHERE ART THOU???

  • DCLAKER

    TRADE MIHM(IF U CAN)!

  • domidomdomz

    Hmm.I think something’s wrong with our team after the half..I hope they’ll figure out what’s wrong there..I want to see the passing and less-scoring Kobe on the coming games…\

    LO and Kwame, please step-up..

    Lakers Nation, Believe…