How To Bet The 2016 NBA All-Star Game OddsNoah Williams
The best in the NBA hit the hard court on Sunday, Feb. 14 in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. The game takes place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Tip-off is at 8:30 pm ET.
This will be Kobe Bryant’s 18th an last All-Star game. Bryant is also the All-Star Game’s all-time leading scorer, but he is suffering through one of the worst statistical years of his 20-year career for the lowly Lakers, averaging just 16.9 points on 34.9 percent shooting from the field.
Who will come away victorious after the 2016 NBA All-Star Game? Keep reading to find out.
A Closer Look At How To Bet the 2016 NBA All-Star Game Odds
The 2016 NBA All-Star Game betting odds favor the West by 5-points to beat the East. The game total for over/under bets is a colossal 305 points. Last year, the 2 teams combined for 321 points. In 2014, the 2 teams combined for 318 points.
65th NBA All-Star Game
What: West vs East
When: Sunday, February 14, 2016
Kickoff: 8:00 PM ET
Where: Toronto, ON
Stadium: Air Canada Centre
Spread: West -5
Stream: TNT Overtime
Listen: ESPN Radio
Bet The West NBA All-Stars at -5 Because…
The West has beaten the East by at least 5 points in 3 out of the last 5 NBA All-Star Games. In 2011 the West won 148 to 143. In 2013 the West won 143 to 138. Last season, the West won 163 to 158. The East won straight up in 2010 by a 141 to 139 score. The East also won straight up in 2014 by a 163 to 158 score. If the trend holds and you believe that the West will win, the West should cover the 5-point spread with a bit of extra effort.
Bet The East NBA All-Stars at +5 Because…
The East All-Stars should play tougher defense than the West All-Stars. If you look at the make-up of this year’s East NBA All-Star Team, defense is where the Eastern Players should shine on Sunday. Starters LeBron James, Kyle Lowry, Paul George and Dwayne Wade are all known for their excellent defensive skills. Even starter Carmelo Anthony can play defense when he wants to. If the old guard decides not to play defense, the young guard, led by players like Lowry and Andre Drummond and John Wall off the bench, might still want to play defense. They might decide to play tough defense in this NBA All-Star Game and that could make all the difference.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Eastern Conference looks up against it in this battle. The 4 top scorers in the NBA all play for the West All-Stars. Steph Curry averages close to 30 points per game. James Harden averages 28 per game. Kevin Durant averages 28 and DeMarcus Cousins averages 27.
Only LeBron James is in the Top 5 with 25 points per matchup. There is no way that LeBron carries the scoring load for the entire Eastern Conference team. But, since this game is in an Eastern Conference city, He may not need to. The East should play tougher on the defensive end. There are so many young players on the Eastern Conference squad that I don’t believe they’ll want to pal around with the old guard on their own team, like Melo and LeBron, and on the West’s team. I expect the young Eastern Conference players to try and win on Sunday night.
My final score prediction is East All-Stars 148, West All-Stars 145 .