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2018 NBA All-Star Game Line & Final Score Prediction

2018 NBA All-Star Game Line & Final Score Prediction

If you are excited about the new and improved 2018 NBA All-Star game that used a schoolyard pick to decide the teams instead of the traditional East vs West format, then the time is right to make your bet.

2018 NBA All-Star Game Line & Final Score Prediction

Team LeBron vs. Team Stephen
NBA Basketball: Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
TV: TNT
Line: Team LeBron -3.5
Total: 346

Toronto Raptors coach Dwayne Casey will ‘coach’ Team LeBron in this season’s new all-star game format which is different from the traditional East vs. West format. This season, the two teams were ‘drafted’ by the league’s leading vote-getters and captains, Stephen Curry and LeBron James.

The new format is a response to the lack of competition in recent years with the Western Conference dominating by winning six of the last seven games, with the East’s last win coming in 2014. This change is one of many reasons a lot of NBA fans are excited about this year’s game.

Team LeBron has a starting lineup featuring LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and Kyrie Irving while previously named starter DeMarcus Cousins misses the game because of a torn Achilles. In addition to missing Cousins, Team LeBron will also be without John Wall, Kevin Love, Kristaps Porzingis and LaMarcus Aldridge who are all out with various injuries. Andre Drummond replaces Wall, Paul George is in for Cousins, Goran Dragic is replacing Love and Kemba Walker is in for Porzingis. Oklahoma City superstar and two-time all-star game MVP Russell Westbrook will come off the bench along with LaMarcus Aldridge, Bradley Beal, and Victor Oladipo.

Team Stephen is led by Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni and features a starting lineup that includes Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMar DeRozan, Joel Embiid and James Harden. Coming off the bench are Jimmy Butler, Draymond Green, Al Horford, Damian Lillard, Kyle Lowry, Klay Thompson and Karl Anthony Towns.

For this year’s all-star matchup, I’m going to advise you to back Team LeBron for three main reasons. First, James probably wants to win the all-star game after being denied several times in recent years. Second, Team LeBron has some serious scoring ability with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving among the most capable scorers in the game today and last but not least, Team LeBron has Russell Westbrook on its roster and he’s the kind of guy that wants to win every single game, even if it is a meaningless all-star contest. Team LeBron, minus the points is the way to go people!

NBA All-Star Game Final Score Prediction: Team LeBron 176 – Team Steph 170

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How To Bet Wichita State Vs Cincinnati

How To Bet Wichita State Vs Cincinnati

No. 19 Wichita State Looks to Pull Off Huge Upset Against Ticked Off No. 5 Cincinnati

The 19th-ranked Wichita State Sockers will look to pull off the huge upset when they hit the road to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats in an intriguing affair between two legitimate national championship hopefuls.

Getting the win, however, may not be quite so easy seeing as how fifth-ranked Cincinnati is ticked off after seeing their impressive winning streak come to an abrupt halt on Thursday night. Let’s find out what’s going to go down when these two square off on Sunday in their American Athletic Conference showdown!

Wichita State Shockers Vs Cincinnati Bearcats

Who: No. 19 Wichita State (19-5) at No. 5 Cincinnati (23-2)
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When: Sun. Feb 18, 2018 4:00 PM ET
Where: BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University, Newport, KY
TV: ESPN
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Wichita State has won three straight and five of their last six games overall and come into their weekend showdown off a solid 93-86 win over Temple on Thursday night. Shaquille Morris had 23 points and 13 rebounds, including a tie-breaking putback in the final two minutes, to lead the Shockers to victory.

"Tonight defined our team," Morris said. "We’ve gotten better. We needed a game like this, especially being down second half and showing resilience."

Darral Willis added 24 points for the Shockers in the win. Morris and Willis shot a combined 18 of 21 from the floor after Wichita State hit the break down 56-42 against the Owls.

"We rode them," Shockers coach Gregg Marshall said. "When they play like that, you can ride them."

Corey Davis Jr. and Devin Davis each scored 16 points to help Houston beat No. 5 Cincinnati 67-62 on Thursday night to snap the nation’s longest winning streak at 16 games. The Bearcats had a 50-49 lead with 4:18 left but couldn’t hold on for the win.

Jacob Evans led four Bearcats in double figures with 16 points and Jarron Cumberland finished with 14, but Cincinnati shot an ice-cold 39 percent from the field in the loss after dominating the first nearly nine minutes of the contest.

While I’m a huge Wichita State backer and believe the Shockers will have a good chance to pull off the upset in this contest, in the end, I’m backing the Cincinnati Bearcats to eke out the narrow win at home because of their Thursday night loss to Houston.

Cincinnati probably can’t shoot the ball any worse than they did against the Cougars and they have an elite defense that ranks second in the nation in points allowed (55.9 ppg).

Wichita State has been inconsistent in losing three of their previous seven games, including a 73-59 beatdown against the same Houston team that narrowly got past Cincy on Thursday night.

This one should be a thriller, but I like a semi-desperate Cincinnati team to get the narrow home win!

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Duke Vs Clemson Betting Analysis

Duke Vs Clemson Betting Analysis

Can No. 11 Clemson Hold it Down at Home Against Desperate No. 12 Duke in Sunday ACC Clash?

Clemson might be more known for their now, perennially powerful football program, but times are clearly different in the ACC.

Right now, the 11th-ranked title hopeful Tigers are in the midst of a fine basketball season that has them currently ranked ahead of perennial hoops powerhouse Duke.

Clemson has a huge home date against the Blue devils on Sunday as they look to take another step toward potentially claiming the ACC Championship. Let’s find out if Clemson can hold it down at home in their enormous ACC clash against Duke on Sunday.

Duke Blue Devils Vs Clemson Tigers Betting Analysis

No. 12 Duke (20-5) at No. 11 Clemson (20-4)
When: Sun. Feb 18, 2018 1:00 PM ET
Where: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, SC
TV: ACCNE

Duke has won two straight after losing their previous two games and they come into this weekend matchup off a 74-52 beatdown over Virginia Tech on Wednesday that saw star forward Marvin Bagley III, the ACC’s leading scorer and rebounder sit out with a mild right knee sprain.

The 6-foot-11 freshman is the ACC’s leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 21.2 points and 11.4 rebounds this season. Shooting guard Grayson Allen scored 25 points and drained a career-high seven three-pointers in the win.

"It felt good," Allen said of his shot. "A few of them I knew they weren’t going in as soon as they left my hand. But the rest, I wasn’t thinking about anything, just looking at the bottom of the net."

Clemson will be a bit desperate fater blowing an 18-point lead against Florida State to lose to the Seminoles 81-79 in overtime on Wednesday. Tigers junior guard Sheldon Mitchell was hospitalized after taking a severe blow to the head during the tight affair. Marcquise Reed scored a team-high 25 points in the loss.

"We had a couple bad stretches in the second half and in overtime made one or two bad plays," Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. "We won the first half, they won the second. They beat us by a play."

Duke, might have the potential No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft on their roster in Marvin Bagley III, but Clemson is very good this season and they’re playing at home with a sense of desperation.

Not only have the Tigers gone 3-2 against ranked teams this season, but Bagley III may not be at full strength if he suits up. Don’t sleep on Clemson college hoops bettors, they’re elite defensively as they hold the opposition to just 65.8 points per game (33rd). Simply put, I’m smelling an ‘upset here!

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