NBA betting: Kobe Bryant to return versus Raptors Sunday
The anticipated return of Kobe Bryant will finally happen as the Los Angeles Lakers host the Toronto Raptors Sunday.
There's only a slim chance he'll come close to the 81 points he hung on the Raptors back in 2006, however. According to ESPN
, head coach Mike D'Antoni plans on limiting his minutes.
"He's totally well and ready to go. I think he'll be limited by his wind and ability to be able to take the pounding. So, I would be surprised if more than in the twenties. It shouldn't be any more than that," D'Antoni told ESPN.
According to one oddsmaker, Bryant is still worth a fair amount to Lakers spreads.
"I think in his prime he was worth an 8-to-10 point swing in line moves," an oddsmaker with TopBet.eu
. "But he's going to be closer to 5.5 or 6 now until we see how much he's recovered."
The Lakers are currently 5.5-point home faves for Kobe's return.