5 Bold Predictions for the Los Angeles Lakers in December of 2013-14 NBA Season

The Los Angeles Lakers began the month of December the same way they began the 2013-14 NBA season: with a lot of ups and downs.

A 114-108 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Dec. 1 had just about everything. Two large deficits, two monstrous comebacks, a massive performance from Xavier Henry and a miserable showing from Pau Gasol.

Expect the rest of the month to be somewhat similar. Barring a catastrophic setback, Kobe Bryant should make his return, and while the Mamba's comeback should rejuvenate the franchise, it's not going to miraculously solve all of its problems.

Unfortunately for fans and analysts, we don't have a crystal ball that can see into the future. But while there's no way to guarantee what comes next, there are a few things we can predict at this point in the process.

Expect this team to find more success than it did in November, but don't be shocked when there are a few downers along the way.

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