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Feb 14, 2019
Feb 14, 2019

NBA All-Star Game betting: What should you consider?

Understanding the NBA All-Star Game

Who’s playing in the NBA All-Star Game?

All-Star Game preview

All-Star Game MVP Award predictions

NBA All-Star Game betting: What should you consider?

The NBA’s best players will square up once more in the 68th All-Star Game in Charlotte, North Carolina, the showpiece event of All-Star Weekend, as Team Lebron takes on Team Giannis in a star-studded affair. Is there value to be found in this ‘friendly exhibition’ match? Read on for in-depth analysis of the NBA All-Star Game odds.

Understanding the All-Star Game

What’s important for bettors to remember when betting on the All-Star Game is that the result will have no bearing on either conference as a whole, nor will boost any player’s statistics.

The game is a showcase of the NBA’s best players who will be ‘competing’ to a certain extent for bragging rights over their colleagues. It was designed back in 1951 to draw attention to the league and has been a staple of the NBA ever since.

It won’t be a tightly managed game with intricate tactical plays and a hardcode spirit of winning, instead it’s more of a “let them all play” mentality which should lead to extravagant and eye catching plays, passes and dunks to entertain those in attendance and the people watching at home – the result is secondary.

Before 2018, the All-Star Game was contested between the best players in the Eastern Conference against the best players from the Western Conference.

However, the format was switched in 2018 to having two captains from the East and West choosing players in their own All-Star Draft. Last season it was Team Lebron representing the East as part of the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Team Curry representing the West as part of the Golden State Warriors, with Team LeBron coming out victorious in a high-scoring close game.

This year, Stephen Curry is replaced as team captain by Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks representing the East against Lebron James once again, now of the LA Lakers, representing the West.

Who’s playing in the NBA All-Star Game?

Team Lebron Starters

Team Lebron Starters

Position  Player Team
F Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors
F Lebron James Los Angeles Lakers
F/G Kawhi Leonard Toronto Raptors
G James Harden Houston Rockets
G Kyrie Irving Boston Celtics

Reserves

Reserves

Position  Player Team
F/C Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans
G Klay Tompson Golden State Warriors
G Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers
G Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers
F/C LaMarcus Aldridge San Antonio Spurs
C Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves
G Bradley Beal Washington Wizards
G Dwyane Wade Miami Heat

Team Giannis Starters

Team Giannis Starters

Position  Player Team
C Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers
F Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
F/G Paul Geroge Oklahoma City Thunder
G Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
G Kemba Walker Charlotte Hornets

Reserves

Reserves

Position  Player Team
G Khris Middleton Milwaukee Bucks
C Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets
G Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder
F Blake Griffin Detroit Pistons
G D'Angelo Russell Brooklyn Nets
C Nikola Vucevic Orlando Magic
G Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors
F/C Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks

All-Star Game predictions

Trying to predict the outcome of the All-Star Game is likened to predicting the unpredictable as the rosters change each year as well as the team captains, meaning looking back at past statistics can be very limiting it terms of predicting which team will win outright.

Heading into this year’s game, Team LeBron’s roster boasts a higher overall field-goal percentage, steals, dunks and blocks which is countered by Team Giannis accumulating more assists, rebounds and a higher 3-PT field goal percentage.

In terms of All-Star experience, Team LeBron have 91 appearances between the starters and reserves, compared to Team Giannis only having 49 collective appearances, a stat bettors could consider when betting on the match.

There will be five debutants in this year’s All-Star class of 2019, with Ben Simmons, Nikola Jokic, Khris Middleton, Nikola Vucevic and D’Angelo Russell all appearing for the first time in this prestigious game. Four of those five debutants are on Team Giannis, with Ben Simmonds being the only All-Star rookie on Team Lebron.

Many will argue that Team LeBron has the superior roster and clearly the favourites to win the game.

Boasting arguably five of the best seven players in the league, Team Lebron have the advantage but whether they can gel as a cohesive unit remains to be seen, with Team Giannis certainly having a better defensive starting five (Joel Embid being the only natural centre on both starting line-ups) who can all also put points on the board compared to the all out attacking prowess of Team Lebron’s starting five.

All-Star Game MVP Award predictions

Last year’s All-Star Game was won by Team LeBron 148-145, with Lebron James taking home the prestigious MVP award for his performance, outscoring both rosters with 29 points, rebounding 10 and assisting eight. It has to be said however that his 31-minute game time was the longest of anyone on both rosters during the game.

Russell Westbrook is still the only player to win back-to-back All-Star MVP awards in the last 18 years, an achievement LeBron James will be looking to match on February 18.

Team Captain Giannis Antetokounmpo will be highly motivated to win the MVP award for the first time, and as captain will have an extended period of game minutes to help his cause in trying to win the award.

Many will argue that Team LeBron has the superior roster and clearly the favourites to win the game

Kevin Durant will be looking to win his second MVP award since 2012 whilst remarkably his teammate at Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry as never won the MVP award in five All-Star appearances - Could it be lucky number six for Steph?

OKC’s Paul George, who some consider to be the best two-way player in the NBA presently, could also be in the running to pick up the award for the first time as well as Houston Rockets’ star man James Harden and Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors.

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