The NBA All Star Game was in obvious need of a fix after becoming a farce. Last year the West beat the East 192-182 in a NBA Finals betting odds joke. Not only did the players not play defense but they didn’t even try to act like it. For a league that makes few mistakes it was an embarrassment. As a result, the 2018 NBA All Star Game changed its format and will ditch the East and West format. Instead fans and gamblers get Team LeBron (James) and Team Stephen (Curry). The teams were picked by a combination of voting by fans, media and current players. The 67th NBA All Star Game is on Sunday.
Team LeBron is of course headlined by LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers. James will play forward along with Kevin Durant. Durant is the Golden State Warriors teammate of Team Stephen captain Stephen Curry. The power forward for Team LeBron is Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans. DeMarcus Cousins of the Pelicans was supposed to be the center. Cousins is out with injury however. Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics is the guard. As one would expect there is plenty of NBA Finals betting odds scoring depth. Big name reserves include Bradley Beal and Goran Dragic. LeBron’s Cleveland teammate Kevin Love is out with injury. The head coach is Dwane Casey of the Toronto Raptors.
Team Stephen has quite an online sportsbook lineup in its own right. Stephen Curry is a starting guard. Sharpshooting guard James Harden of the Houston Rockets is a starting guard. So is DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors. Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks is a starting forward. The starting center is Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers. Mike D’Antoni is the head coach of Team Stephen. Team Stephen’s notable reserves include Damian Lillard and Jimmy Butler.
In last year’s game at New Orleans the West beat the East 192-182. Anthony Davis lit it up for the West with 52 points. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant scored 21 points each. Russell Westbrook came off the bench to score 41 points for the West. Westbrook’s performance is an indicator of how offensively oriented the All Star Game is. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the East with 30 points. LeBron James added 23 points. Kyrie Irving was right behind with a 22 point game. Isaiah Thomas was the top scoring reserve for the East with 20 points.
2018 NBA All Star Game
Date and Time: Sunday, February, 2018, 8 p.m. Eastern
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG: (Click Here to See the Lines)
Team LeBron vs. Team Stephen TV Coverage: TNT
Matchup to Watch
The new All Star Game format for NBA Finals betting odds is all about LeBron and Stephen. The two kingpins of the last two NBA champions. Despite the change in format there should still be plenty of offense. Defense will be an afterthought. Both teams are super loaded with offensive firepower. The All Stars will want to put on a good show. The circumstances lead to what will be a high scoring game.
Team LeBron vs. Team Stephen NBA games Betting Odds Picks
Picking the winner is like flipping a coin. The over makes the most sense for what is going to be a shootout. Over the total is the call.
NBA Betting Online Pick: Over the total.
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