Who Will LeBron James Pick First? NBA All-Star Draft Props & Picks

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 4:56 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 4:56 PM UTC

Naturally, SBR’s top-rated sportsbooks have released props on Thursday night’s NBA All-Star Game draft by captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Let’s break some down.

<p>If you are an<a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" rel="nofollow"> NBA bettor/fan, </a>Thursday is Opening Night and Christmas all rolled into one. Not only is the NBA trade deadline at 3 p.m. ET, with the possibility of superstar Anthony Davis being on the move, but the All-Star Game draft takes place at 7 p.m. ET on TNT before the usual Thursday night doubleheader on the network. We have a preview of the opener between the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" rel="nofollow">Lakers and Celtics here at SBR.</a></p><p>This is the second year of the format where the leading Eastern and Western Conference All-Star vote-getters serve as captains for their respective All-Star teams. Those are the Lakers’ LeBron James and Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo this year. There is no conference affiliation other than that. They can pick whomever they want but must choose among the eight other players chosen as starters first. Those are: Joel Embiid, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard and Kemba Walker from the East; Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Paul George and James Harden from the West.</p><p>There are also seven reserves from each conference, plus an added special reserve from the East in Miami’s Dwyane Wade and West in Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki. NBA commissioner Adam Silver added those two future Hall of Famers because both are retiring.</p><p>Because James got the most votes, he picks first in the round of starters and would get to choose either Wade or Dirk first in the “third round.” The Greek Freak gets the top choice when it comes to reserve.</p><p>The All-Star Game is Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET from Charlotte. Mike Budenholzer and the Bucks' staff will coach "Team Giannis." Denver coach Michael Malone and the Nuggets' staff will coach "Team LeBron."</p><p>Here’s a look at the full pool of players and some <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4427&amp;book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bovada NBA odds.</a></p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Team Kevin vs. Team Shea: A 2019 NBA All-Star Game Draft &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/kZk11WZMif\"&gt;https://t.co/kZk11WZMif&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— David (@Davidbasket35) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Davidbasket35/status/1092797067284660241?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;February 5, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Eastern Conference</h2><ul> <li>Starter: Kemba Walker, G, Charlotte Hornets</li> <li>Starter: Kyrie Irving, G, Boston Celtics</li> <li>Starter: Giannis Antetokounmpo, F, Milwaukee Bucks (captain)</li> <li>Starter: Kawhi Leonard, F, Toronto Raptors</li> <li>Starter: Joel Embiid, C, Philadelphia 76ers</li> <li>Reserve: D’Angelo Russell, G, Brooklyn Nets (injury replacement)</li> <li>Reserve: Kyle Lowry, G, Toronto Raptors</li> <li>Reserve: Blake Griffin, F, Detroit Pistons</li> <li>Reserve: Khris Middleton, G, Milwaukee Bucks</li> <li>Reserve: Ben Simmons, G, Philadelphia 76ers</li> <li>Reserve: Bradley Beal, G, Washington Wizards</li> <li>Reserve: Nikola Vucevic, C, Orlando Magic</li> <li>Special addition: Dwyane Wade, G, Miami Heat</li></ul><p> </p><h2>Western Conference</h2><ul> <li>Starter: Stephen Curry, G, Golden State Warriors</li> <li>Starter: James Harden, G, Houston Rockets</li> <li>Starter: LeBron James, F, Los Angeles Lakers (captain)</li> <li>Starter: Kevin Durant, F, Golden State Warriors</li> <li>Starter: Paul George, F, Oklahoma City Thunder</li> <li>Reserve: Russell Westbrook, G, Oklahoma City Thunder</li> <li>Reserve: Anthony Davis, C, New Orleans Pelicans</li> <li>Reserve: Nikola Jokic, C, Denver Nuggets</li> <li>Reserve: Damian Lillard, G, Portland Trail Blazers</li> <li>Reserve: Klay Thompson, G, Golden State Warriors</li> <li>Reserve: LaMarcus Aldridge, F, San Antonio Spurs</li> <li>Reserve: Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves</li> <li>Special addition: Dirk Nowitzki, F, Dallas Mavericks</li></ul><p> </p><h2>Who Is Picked First?</h2><ul> <li>James Harden +180</li> <li>Kemba Walker +200</li> <li>Kyrie Irving +550</li> <li>Stephen Curry +600</li> <li>Kawhi Leonard +750</li> <li>Joel Embiid +900</li> <li>Kevin Durant +900</li> <li>Paul George +900</li></ul><p>Hard to go wrong with the incomparable Harden, and Walker makes some sense simply as he’s the hometown All-Star in Charlotte. However, we think it’s LeBron’s former Cleveland teammate in Irving. There’s now talk that Irving won’t re-sign in Boston this summer as a free agent and will sign with the Lakers to join LeBron and potentially Davis. Think of all the rumors LeBron would start by picking Irving first! Durant and LeBron essentially play the same position. Ditto George.</p><p>There’s a prop on whether LeBron takes Irving at any point in the draft, and both yes and no at -120. Also one that LeBron drafts Davis, whom we all know James wants in the purple and gold: Yes is -260 and no +175.</p><p><strong><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" rel="nofollow">Free NBA Pick:</a> </strong>Irving First (&amp; Yes LeBron Takes Davis)</p><p> </p><h2>Will Giannis Antetokounmpo Draft Stephen Curry?</h2><p>Yes is -130 and no -110. These odds might change quite a bit because the Freak has recently publicly said the following: "I might pick Steph because he picked me first last year, so I have to return the favor. After that, I think it is going to be random." So, unless James drafts Curry first overall, this seems like easy money.</p><p><strong>Free NBA Pick:</strong> Yes</p><p> </p><h2>Who Will Be Picked 22<sup>nd</sup>?</h2><p>This would be the last reserve off the board, with the pick held by James. Brooklyn’s D’Angelo Russell is the +200 favorite – he was an All-Star injury addition for Indiana’s Victor Oladipo. Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and Magic first-time All-Star Nikola Vucevic are each +300. It almost surely won’t be Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton (+400) as Giannis has said he plans to pick his teammate.</p><p><strong>Free NBA pick:</strong> Vucevic</p><p> </p><h2>Which Special Roster Addition Will LeBron Draft?</h2><ul> <li>Dirk Nowitzki -140</li> <li>Dwyane Wade +110</li></ul><p>These odds frankly stun me. Wade is James’ best buddy in the NBA, so I’d imagine that LeBron would want to play with his former Heat teammate one last time. Wade has been lobbying James publicly to pick him. Although, perhaps the oddsmakers think James wants to play with Nowitzki for the first time in his career.</p><p><strong>Free NBA pick:</strong> Wade</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/best-sportsbooks/" rel="nofollow">Bet On NBA Futures At SBR's Top-Rated Sportsbooks</a></h2>
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