The Los Angeles Lakers are still the favorite to win the title according to the experts who do the NBA basketball predictions found at BetUs, and even though the two-time defending champions haven’t played their best over the last week or so, we think that it’s just a blip and that the Lakers are just getting ready for the most important part of the season. While they’re still led by Kobe Bryant, the key to the Lakers’ three-peat hopes lie with their big men.
Andrew Bynum has shown why, when he’s healthy, he may be the best center in the game being Orlando’s Dwight Howard, although that also says something about the state of centers in the league. Bynum is rarely healthy, but he looks to be in fine form heading into the postseason, and he’s even developed an attitude, earning a suspension for a flagrant foul on Minnesota’s Michael Beasley, and he’s defended teammate Pau Gasol in a war of words with New York’s Amare Stoudemire, who called Gasol “soft”. It’s good to see that Bynum has some fight in him, and Bryant certainly respects that he is getting fired up.
Gasol needs to feed off that intensity because he’s the best low-post scoring option that the Lakers have, and he may be the best low-post scorer in the game overall. And for those who say that Gasol is soft, he’s still snagging over 10 boards per game, and it doesn’t have to be all about brute force, which has never been his game. Gasol’s game is based on skill and positioning, although when he gets mad, he is as good as any forward in the game. He was the difference in the Lakers’ win two years ago, and paired with Bynum, he gives the Lakers the ability to get high-percentage shots in the post, which is necessary in the playoffs.