One thing we all know about the NBA All-Star games is that there won’t be much defense played. The betting lines indicate the total is set at a whopping 295. The first three quarters are generally a showcase of the game with alley-oops and highlight-reel dunks and then it’ll get serious in the fourth quarter – especially if it’s close.
The Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade is the captain for the Eastern Conference, but teammate LeBron James is rolling towards his fourth MVP award in five years and is on an unprecedented run, scoring 30 points and shooting 60% from the field in his last six games ahead of Thursday’s Finals rematch with Oklahoma City. New York’s Carmelo Anthony may sit out because of an injury suffered Wednesday against Toronto while Boston’s Kevin Garnett will play in what he says will be his 15th and final All-Star Game. There are also six first-time All-Stars on the roster, while Miami’s Erik Spoelstra will coach the team. Boston’s Rajon Rondo was supposed to start, but since he is injured, his spot could go to Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving.
In the West, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers is the team captain, and he’ll be joined in the starting lineup by the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (who will be making his 15th All-Star appearance) and Dwight Howard. Paul’s fellow Clipper, Blake Griffin, will also start for the West along with Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, who probably has the best chance at wresting the MVP award from James. Former Thunder player James Harden is now in Houston, and he is the only first-time All-Star for the Western Conference. San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, who has to go down as one of the best coaches in history, will lead the West.
All-Star Game Lines
West All-Stars +2.5
East All-Stars -2.5