The Two All-Star Game Bets That You Need To Make

NBA All-Star Game

Swinging Johnson

Sunday, February 19, 2017 4:52 PM GMT

The 2017 NBA All-Star game is tonight and in order to make this exhibition game worth watching we need to know which side or total is worth backing in our NBA picks.

Eastern Conference Lineup

Starters:

F Giannis Antetokounmpo - Milwaukee Bucks

F Jimmy Butler - Chicago Bulls

F LeBron James - Cleveland Cavaliers

G DeMar DeRozan - Toronto Raptors

G Kyrie Irving - Cleveland Cavaliers

 

Reserves:

F Carmelo Anthony - New York Knicks (Injury Replacement for Kevin Love)

F Paul George - Indiana Pacers

F Paul Millsap - Atlanta Hawks

G Kyle Lowry - Toronto Raptors

G Isaiah Thomas - Boston Celtics

G Kemba Walker - Charlotte Hornets

G John Wall - Washington Wizards

 Western Conference Lineup

Starters:

F Anthony Davis - New Orleans Pelicans

F Kevin Durant - Golden State Warriors

F Kawhi Leonard - San Antonio Spurs

G Stephen Curry - Golden State Warriors

G James Harden - Houston Rockets

 

Reserves:

F DeMarcus Cousins - Sacramento Kings

F Marc Gasol - Memphis Grizzlies

F Draymond Green - Golden State Warriors

 F DeAndre Jordan - Los Angeles Clippers

G Gordon Hayward - Utah Jazz

G Klay Thompson - Golden State Warriors

G Russell Westbrook - Oklahoma City Thunder

 

East vs. West

8:00 PM ET on TNT

The West has won and covered the NBA odds in five of the last six All-Star meetings but that doesn't mean that trend will continue ad infinitum. Last year the West ruled again, in a game that treated defense like a red-headed stepchild, with a 196-173 victory. Interestingly enough, it was the first time in the last six All-Star contests in which the game was decided by more than five points. That is one of the reasons why I believe the East is the smart choice for inclusion in your NBA picks in this year's battle of basketball's elites.

Professional athletes are obviously competitive by nature and there is no doubt in my mind that the All-Stars comprising the team from the East understands fully well that they have been bested by their West coast counterparts over the last six years. LeBron James has not won the All-Star MVP since 2008, and it's no wonder since that piece of hardware is almost exclusively given to a member of the winning team. Russell Westbrook has claimed the award the last two seasons but his reunion with another former All-Star MVP in Kevin Durant may not be so harmonious. There is no question they will share the court together despite Westbrook coming off the bench and Durant assuming his role as a starter. Look for Westbrook to once again eschew passing and continue heaving the rock. It's worked out quite well for him the last two seasons and he will continue to work from that blueprint.

I see the East playing some defense this year though I'm not talking close-line, elbow smashing, down in the paint mayhem. This will be a year for LeBron to take charge, and with the addition of newcomers Giannis Antetokounmpo in a starting role and Kemba Walker as a backup, this should be revenge tour for the East. And one other East member to keep an eye on is Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics. He may use this national showcase as the perfect platform to announce he has arrived as a bona fide NBA superstar. In case you're in the mood for a prop bet, Thomas may not be a bad bet for MVP at 15-1.

Free NBA Picks: East +6 ½ & UNDER 354Best Lines Offered: at Bookmaker & at Skybook

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