The San Antonio Spurs won't have Kobe Bryant to worry about as they take on the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff series at home on Sunday afternoon.
San Antonio has managed to win four of its last five games against Los Angeles, although the Lakers did upset them 91-86 as a 3-point underdog when they last met on April 14. Each of the last three Lakers vs. Spurs matchups have been UNDER results.
The Lakers snuck into the playoffs and grabbed the 7-seed, but with no Bryant, are they sweep candidates against the 2-seeded San Antonio Spurs?
Los Angeles was a 9-point underdog in Game 1 of this Western playoff series and the Spurs are dealing with injuries of their own. The Spurs are big favorites to win the series as well at most sportsbooks.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Spurs are 58-24 so far on the season, and 39-41-2 ATS vs. the number. The Lakers, meanwhile, are 45-37 and 34-47-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen San Antonio go 36-45-1 and the Lakers go 44-37-1 on the totals.