Kobe Bryant gets to return home once again. The Los Angeles Lakers star will be looking to get his team going on the road, somewhere that has been brutally unkind to them.
The Lakers (14-10) are 3-8 so far this season away from the Staples Center while the 76ers (17-7) are a stellar 12-3 at home. Philadelphia is coming off of a 98-87 road victory over the Atlanta Hawks which put the Sixers three and a half games ahead of Boston in the Atlantic Division.
It's been the Kobe show in L.A. without much of a supporting cast so far. Andrew Bynum is having a superb year, averaging 17 points and 12 rebounds per game. Pau Gasol has good stats with 16 points and 10 rebounds on average, but he's been unhappy with the offense and very inconsistent. The guard play has been bad for the Lakers around Bryant as well and Metta World Peace has been completely non-existent.
For Philadelphia it's business as usual with its great depth. With a win tonight, the 76ers will have won six of seven before hosting San Antonio on Wednesday.
Philadelphia has shown the ability to beat very good teams this season, so this will just be another notch in the belt if it can pull out the victory. With the Sixers stifling brand of defense, they have a chance every night.
Mr. Bryant will be looking for a huge win Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia has to remind him that while he's home, his team is still on the road.
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