World Cup betting players have been watching for injuries to their squad ahead of the big tournament in South Africa, and there are a couple of ailments to keep your eye on the NBA Finals as well, and one player is following the action of his famous teammate.
Kobe Bryant had his right knee drained 12 games ago, and the Lakers have won 10 of those games since their star went through the procedure. It's paid off for the Lakers, but for Bryant as well as the former MVP has averaged 31.3 points since getting his knee drained, shooting 51.5% from the field. Bynum has a small tear in his right knee, which happened during the clinching game of the Lakers' six-game win over Oklahoma City, and his minutes have been going down each series, which means that his production has gone down as well. Bynum averaged just 18.2 minutes in the six-game win over Phoenix, and with the pace of that series, there was no way that Bynum could hold up.
The Lakers are going to need Bynum, who averaged 16.5 points and 10.0 boards in two games against the Celtics during the regular season. He had a dislocated kneecap during the 2008 Finals loss to Boston, and the Celtics are a big team with the likes of Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins, Rasheed Wallace and Glen Davis. Having a healthy Bynum in the lineup would be a boost to the team that is already the online betting favorite to repeat.