NBA All-Star LeBron vs Giannis Odds & Betting Analysis

NBA All-Star LeBron vs Giannis Odds & Betting Analysis

The basketball world will descend on Charlotte, North Carolina for the NBA All-Star festivities this weekend. The second-year playground-style pick ’em All-Star game will be captained by LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo, the top two All-Star vote-getters. Team LeBron is favored by 6.5-points. Underdog Team Giannis pays out +220 with an upset. Click here for live NBA odds.

NBA All-Star LeBron vs Giannis Odds & Betting Analysis

When: 8 PM ET, Sunday, Feb. 17
Where: Spectrum Center — Charlotte, North Carolina
Watch: TNT
Stream: fuboTV
Odds: Team LeBron -6½

The NBA All-Star festivities begin on Friday, Feb. 15 with the Celebrity Game and Rising Stars Challenge. Next is All-Star Saturday Night, which features the Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest and Dunk Contest. Then on Sunday night at 8 PM ET, Team LeBron will face off against Team Giannis.

LeBron vs. Giannis NBA All-Star Game Rosters:

Team LeBron

Team Giannis

Starters:

  • LeBron James
  • Kevin Durant*
  • Kyrie Irving
  • Kawhi Leonard
  • James Harden

Reserves:

  • Anthony Davis
  • Klay Thompson
  • Damian Lillard
  • Ben Simmons
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Karl-Anthony Towns
  • Bradley Beal

Special addition:

  • Dwyane Wade

Starters:

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Steph Curry*
  • Joel Embiid
  • Paul George
  • Kemba Walker

Reserves:

  • Khris Middleton
  • Nikola Jokic
  • Russell Westbrook
  • Blake Griffin
  • D’Angelo Russell
  • Nikola Vucevic
  • Kyle Lowry

Special addition:

  • Dirk Nowitzki

One additional note is that there was a trade following the draft. Team LeBron sent Russell Westbrook to Team Giannis for Ben Simmons.

* first pick.

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Rising Stars Challenge MVP Odds

  • Ben Simmons/Luka Doncic +475
  • Donovan Mitchell +825
  • Jayson Tatum +900
  • Kyle Kuzma/DeAndre Ayton +1025
  • De’Aaron Fox +1200
  • Bogdan Bogdanovic +1250
  • Trae Young +1400
  • Lauri Markkanen +1500
  • Kevin Knox/Marvin Bagley III +2000
  • Ogugua "OG" Anunoby +2500
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. +3000
  • John Collins/Shai Gilgeous-Alexander +3300
  • Cedi Osman +3500
  • Jarrett Allen/Josh Okogie +4000
  • Rodions Kurucs +5000

Taco Bell Skills Challenge

  • De’Aaron Fox +350
  • Trae Young +400
  • Luka Doncic +450
  • Jayson Tatum +600
  • Mike Conley +700
  • Kyle Kuzma +800
  • Nikola Jokic +975
  • Nikola Vucevic +1000

Mountain Dew Three-Point Contest

  • Stephen Curry +180
  • Buddy Hield +550
  • Devin Booker +475
  • Seth Curry +850
  • Joe Harris +900
  • Damian Lillard +925
  • Danny Green +1500
  • Khris Middleton +1600
  • Dirk Nowitzki +4000
  • Kemba Walker +1425

AT&T Slam Dunk Contest

  • Dennis Smith Jr. +175
  • John Collins +225
  • Miles Bridges +275
  • Hamidou Diallo +400

NBA All-Star Game MVP Odds

  • LeBron +450
  • Giannis +600
  • Steph +700
  • KD +750
  • Kemba +1000
  • Embiid +1100
  • Kyrie/Harden/PG-13 +1200
  • A Davis +1250
  • Kawhi +1400
  • Westbrook +1550
  • B Simmons +3000
  • B Griffin +3500
  • D Wade +4000
  • D Lillard/K Thompson/K Towns +4500
  • B Beal +5000
  • L Aldrigde +6000
  • K Lowry/N Jokic +7500
  • Dirk +8000
  • K Middleton +9000
  • D Russell/N Vucevic +10000
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2019 NFL Conference Finals Best Bets

2019 NFL Conference Finals Best Bets

Super Bowl 53’s final four is set. This weekend the Los Angeles Rams will face the New Orleans Saints in the dome while the Kansas City Chiefs host the New England Patriots at Arrowhead. Click here for live NFL playoff odds.

2019 NFL Conference Finals Best Bets

NFC Championship Game
Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints -3.5
O/U: 57
3:05 PM ET, Sunday, January 20, 2019

Two months ago these teams combined for 80-points when they met at the Superdome. Can the L.A. Rams and New Orleans pull off a repeat offensive performance? The game total of 57-points set by oddsmakers would suggest no. Both quarterbacks have trailed off.

Early in the season, the Rams offense would line up early forcing opposing defenses to line up and play their card. Seeing the deployed defense, head coach Sean McVay can talk Jared Goff through his options before the clock runs out. Opposing defenses adjusted and disguised their defensive deployment until late in the play clock. McVay adjusted with a power rush game with C.J. Anderson. This last Saturday Todd Gurley was added to the mix. If that trend continues expect fewer snaps in the game with an oft-running clock. Moreover, the hostile New Orleans crowd will cause penalties and snap-count issues for the Rams, who went 6-2 Under on the road this season.

What’s wrong with Drew Brees? His numbers stalled on a late-season road trip and haven’t rebounded even with a couple of home games in the Dome. Last week his first pass was intercepted, and he fumbled the ball that was recovered by a teammate. Maybe it was rust after sitting out Week 17 and having a first-round playoff bye. Will head-coach Sean Payton make the safe call and run the ball with backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara or will Brees return to MVP-form and decimate the Rams porous secondary? The Saints under at home is 5-4 with the bulk of the UNDERs coming late in the season thanks to a rejuvenated defense.

If those trends hold, the under is the best bet for the NFC Championship game.

AFC Championship Game
New England Patriots at Kansas Chiefs -2.5
O/U: 57.5
6:40 PM ET, Sunday, January 20, 2019

Raise your hand if you would have bet the house on the Chiefs at home favored by less than a field goal during the 2018 regular season. Keep your hand up if you would have wagered on a Brady-led Pats team in any playoff game in recent history if you were getting points.

The Patriots won their 2018 matchup that finished with a combined 83-points, but that was at Gillette Stadium, and it could have gone either way. Now at Arrowhead, where the high temperature is projected to be 16 degrees, the Chiefs are 2.5-point favorites and the over/under is 57.5.

Since 2000 three have been 61 games where the temperature was below 20 degrees. Out of those 61, a mere ELEVEN finished with more than 56-points combined. Andy Reid and Bill Belichick are too experienced to let this game devolve into a shoot out.

I am betting the Chiefs -2.5 and the Under. The Pats are a dismal 4-3 straight-up on conference championship weekend since 2012. And cold weather outdoor games always go under.

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ATS Betting Trends 2019 NFL Divisional Round

ATS Betting Trends 2019 NFL Divisional Round

Are you betting on the spread in the 2019 NFL Divisional Round of the playoffs? Then study my ATS betting trends before you make your bet.

ATS Betting Trends 2019 NFL Divisional Round

Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs -5½
Sat. Jan. 12, 4:35 p.m. ET (NBC)

The first of the two AFC Divisional Round playoff games features a battle of two top young franchise QBs. Andrew Luck leads the Indianapolis Colts into Kansas City to face Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.

Indy arrives at Arrowhead with a 9-7-1 ATS record this season. That includes the Colts Wild Card win at Houston over the Texans. On the road, Indianapolis is 6-3 ATS, and as an underdog, the Colts are 4-4 ATS.

With Patrick Mahomes taking over under center in his sophomore season, Kansas City opened the season with five straight wins. Four of those wins were by double digits. The first three wins of the season were all ATS covers as well. But then the Chiefs cooled down against the spread going 1-4 ATS their final five home games and covering just once in their last seven.

Dallas Cowboys vs. L.A. Rams -8½
Sat., Jan. 12, 8:15 p.m. ET (FOX)

Since acquiring Amari Cooper, the Dallas Cowboys are 3-1 straight-up on the road, and now they face the explosive L.A. Rams. This season the Cowboys are 9-6-2 ATS including last week’s 2-point win after closing as 2.5-point favorites over the Seahawks. The Los Angeles Rams finished the season 13-3 SU and 7-7-2 ATS. At home, they went 3-3-2 ATS.

L.A. Chargers vs. New England Patriots -4
Sun., Jan. 13, 1:05 p.m. ET (CBS)

The Los Angeles Chargers are 8-1 ATS on the road this season after Sunday’s dominating win at Baltimore. But this is no ordinary road game. At home, the New England Patriots are 8-0 SU and 6-2 ATS this season. Let’s take a look more in-depth at the betting trends heading into this game. The Chargers under has hit in four of their last five away games, while the Patriots have gone under in four consecutive home dates. The total for this game is 45.5, and the spread is 4-points. You do the math.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints -8
Sun. Jan. 13, 4:40 p.m. ET (FOX)

Back in November, the 7-point favorite New Orleans Saints buried the visiting Philadelphia Eagles 48-7. However, this is a different Eagles team visiting. Philly has their mojo back after winning four straight win-or-go-home games. Back in November, it was Carson Wentz under center for the Eagles. This week it will be Nick Foles who has won 9 straight December, January, February games. And this is not the same Saints team. New Orleans is 1-4 ATS in their last five games. Plus the starters haven’t seen action since Week 16. Can the Eagles come out of the gate with a couple of quick scores before the Saints shake off the rust?

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