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The best in the NBA will be on hand in New Orleans as the East takes on the West this Sunday night, February 16. This will be the 63rd NBA All Star Game played, with the festivities and events getting underway on Friday, February 14. Among the other notable contests include the Slam Dunk Contest and the 3-Point Contest, both on Saturday.
The main event though is of course the game on Sunday. New Orleans is the host-city for the All Star Game for the second time, last hosting in 2008. As has been the case for several years, fan voting determined the All Star teams.
It shouldn’t be a surprise who was the top vote-getter for the game.
Yes, that would be LeBron James.
James will be joined by two fellow teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Also on the Eastern squad is Kyrie Irving, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony as starters in addition to James and Wade. Both Wade and James lead the East in All Star appearances with 10. There are three first-time All Stars for the East (DeMar DeRozan, John Wall, and Paul Millsap).
The top vote-getter in the West was Kevin Durant. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward is the league-leader in points, and if the vote for MVP were to take place today he would likely get it. Durant current leads betting lines to win the NBA MVP this season, in front of James. Behind Durant in the number of votes is Stephen Curry, making his first appearance in the game. The other starters include Kobe Bryant, Kevin Love, and Blake Griffin. Bryant will not be able to play due to injury.
BetOnline Sportsbook has already formed a game line for the 2014 NBA All Star Game. The Western Conference has been the dominant conference this season, and that is reflected in the game line.
The West has been set as a six-point favorite over the East. To cover, the West will need to win by at least seven points. The East will cover with a loss by five points or less.
As usual, the game total has been set extremely high. BetOnline has that total at 292 points. That is about 90 points higher than a normal NBA contest.
We’ve seen the Pro Bowl in the NFL lower scoring with rule changes in what defenses can do to make it more competitive. The NBA has done no such thing, and they like it. There will be plenty of scoring and high-flying action not unlike what will be seen in the Slam Dunk Contest that night before.
Bovada Sportsbook has released betting lines for the MVP in the All Star Game. Durant and James lead the way. A wager on Durant is paying out 3/1 while James is set at 7/2. The two are more than twice the favorites as the next-closest players. Stephen Curry, Carmelo Anthony, and Anthony Davis round out the top-five.
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