Cash In On Kobe: Bookmaker Offers Props For Bryant's Final Game

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 5:27 PM GMT

There will never be another Kobe Bryant. With five NBA championships and 33,583 career points as of tonight, he will wrap up his 20th and final season when the Lakers host the Jazz, in a game that offers decent NBA betting opportunities.

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Dear Basketball,

From the moment
I started rolling my dad's tube socks
And shooting imaginary
Game-winning shots
In the Great Western Forum
I knew one thing was real:

I fell in love with you.

That's the beginning of Kobe Bryant's poem on The Players' Tribune announcing his retirement on November 29, 2015.

Kobe's long and legendary journey ends tonight and here at SBR Picks we wanted to honor his career with a tribute and look at betting opportunities for his final game.

Here are some key numbers as Bryant gets ready for the last game of his career:

1 - The number of NBA MVP awards given to him (2008). Bryant also finished second in voting once and third three times.

3 - His rank on the NBA's career scoring list, only behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone. Bryant passed his hero Michael Jordan in December 2014.

5 - The number of championship rings he has, which to him, is the best measure of his accomplishments.

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8 - Kobe Bryant wore No. 8 in the first 10 seasons of his career. He switched to No. 24, his first high school number, prior to the 2006-07 season, a move that boosted his jersey sales and gave him an even 10 seasons in each jersey.

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13 - The position in which he was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996. The Hornets would then trade him to the Lakers for Vlade Divac. Bryant really wanted to join his favorite team, the Lakers, and his dominant performances in pre-draft workouts impressed then general manager Jerry West.

24- Kobe Bryant's current uniform number and the number of 50-Win Teams he has eliminated in his postseason career, first in NBA history.

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81 - The number of points he scored against the Raptors on January 22, 2006, the second-highest scoring performance in NBA history.

1,346 - His number of regular season games before tonight's finale.

1,499 - His number of offensive rebounds. He needs one more rebound to become the 190th NBA player to grab 1,500.

9,999 - The number of free-throws he has shot, fifth in NBA history.

33,583 - The number of points he has scored so far. So far he is avering 25.0 points per game in his career.

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Lakers Franchise Records Held By Bryant
Most seasons played = 20

Most playoff seasons played = 15

Most All-Star Game Selections = 18

Most All-NBA First Team = 11

Most All-Defensive First Team = 9

Most career regular-season games played = 1,277

Most career playoff games played = 220

Most points = 33,583 (as of April 12, 2016)

Prop Bets For Kobe's Last Game
Kobe Bryant comes into this game averaging 16.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 asssits in 65 games this season and he will finish his legendary career against the Jazz. Bryant is averaging 25.2 points 59 games against the Jazz. The most points he has scored against them was 52 in a 132-102 win on November 30, 20016.

Here are the Kobe Bryant player props offered by Bookmaker for this game:

Total Points - Kobe Bryant (LAL)
Over 18.5 (-115)
Under 18.5 (-115)

Kobe Bryant's season-high in minutes played is 37, in an 11-point loss to the Raptors on November 20. He's only exceeded the 30-minute mark once since March 23 but Lakers head coach Byron Scott said that Bryant will play most of his career finale and that the plan is for his teammates to hand him the ball as much as possible to help him close out his career in style.

The Lakers have the worst record in the Western Conference at 16-64 and they nothing to play for, so it makes sense to let the "Black Mamba" do whatever he wants offense and go out guns blazing, so take Over 18.5 points with your NBA picks.

NBA Pick: Over 18.5

Total Made 3 Point Shots - Kobe Bryant (LAL)
Over 2 (-105)
Under 2 (-125)

Kobe is shooting just 28.5 percent from beyond the arc this season but he will play most of the game and shoot as often as he wants, so we can expect him to attempt between 9 and 11 three-pointers, like in his last three games. Bryant hast made at least three three-points on each of his last three contests, so go Over 2 in this prop.

NBA Pick: Over 2

Total Made Free-Throw Shots - Kobe Bryant (LAL)
Over 3.5 (-105)
Under 3.5 (-125)

Kobe is shooting 82.5 percent from the free-throw line. He hasn't missed a free-throw in his last five games but he doesn't get fouled too often. This game is different and I see him attempting at least six free-throws, making five or all six so go over 3.5.

NBA Pick: Over 3.5

Will Kobe Bryant (LAL) make their first 3-Point Shot attempt?
Yes +175
No -215

As mentioned above, Kobe is shoots just 28.5 percent from beyond the arc, but at +175 NBA odds is worth placing a small bet on him making his first three-point attempt in his final game.

NBA Pick: Yes +175

Will Kobe Bryant (LAL) make their first Field Goal attempt?
Yes +125
No -155

Kobe Bryant is shooting 35.4 percent from the floor but playing his final game at a packed Staples Center in front of his fans will bring his best and he'll be ready when he goes for his first field goal attempt.

NBA Pick: Yes +125

The Lakers Are A Mess... But...
It has been a tough farewell tour for Bryant. The Lakers have lost 65 games, the most in their 68-year franchise history. Some of the setbacks have been really bad. The Jazz beat them by 48 points on March 28, which is tied for the largest loss in franchise history.

If the Rockets lose against the Kings early in the night, then this becomes a must-win game for the Jazz. That being said, the Lakers have played well some nights, like when they beat the Warriors, and the environment at Staples Center and the pressure from the crowd could make the young Jazz players nervours.

Fans and teammates will rally to send Kobe Bryant out a winner and that's why it's worth taking the Lakers to cover here.

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NBA Pick: Lakers +4
Best Line Offered: at Heritage