NBA All-Star Game is a very risky subject for prospective sports bettors. There are numbers of injuries and roster adjustments that have taken place recently. Here’s our NBA betting preview.
2015 NBA All-Star Game
West All-Stars vs. East All-Stars, Sunday February 15, 2015 – 8 PM ET
The first thing that has to be said about this All-Star Game is that with the exception of All-Stars from four teams (San Antonio, the Clippers, Dallas, and Oklahoma City), every other NBA player won’t play another regular season game until Friday, February 20. This is part of the NBA’s decision to make the All-Star break a full week instead of just half a week as has been done for a long time. This means that the healthy players in the All-Star Game should go at it full-tilt. Whether this means you’ll see more offense or more defense is hard to say, but it will definitely make the game interesting from a betting standpoint.
There’s a lot of injury-related information to pass along about this game. For the Eastern Conference, Dwyane Wade will not play. Carmelo Anthony will play, but he’s been less than fully healthy throughout this season and is very likely playing only to make an appearance before his home fans in New York. He’s probably not going to receive extended minutes in this game. Kyle Korver of the Atlanta Hawks is on the East roster due to Wade’s injury and subsequent pullout.
The Western Conference has even more injury issues. Kobe Bryant was knocked out for the season weeks ago, so he’s obviously not playing. Blake Griffin suffered a more recent injury and won’t play for that reason. Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans has been ruled out for this game as well. DeMarcus Cousins, Damian Lillard, and Dirk Nowitzki have made it to the West’s All-Star roster because of these and other injury-related changes. LaMarcus Aldridge will play for the West, but he is also nursing an injury and probably won’t get a prolonged amount of playing time.
While Lillard is an excellent fill-in for the West, Nowitzki’s getting a little older and might not give the West full value. Both teams have an injured active player – Melo for the East, Aldridge for the West. The East has lost fewer frontline players, though, and might gain in these injury-based exchanges. One thing that should also be looked at is that the Atlanta Hawks have four All-Stars. East coach Mike Budenholzer is the Hawks’ coach. If he put four or even two Hawks on the floor at the same time with LeBron James, he could field a very cohesive lineup. The West and coach Steve Kerr might not be able to do quite the same thing. As for taking a side for your NBA pick, the East probably deserves a slight NBA betting edge.
The total, which has not yet been posted on NBA odds board for this game, should land around 265. This is a game that should be right around 135-130, especially since the head coaches preside over teams that like to get out in the open floor. If anything, lean with the over unless the posted total is above 270.
Free NBA Pick: East & Over