The best and brightest stars in the basketball world meet at the Smoothie King Center this Sunday, as the NBA All-Star Game will pit the Eastern and Western conferences against each other. And you should be expecting a high-octane, no-defense point fest.
Online book 5Dimes opened the total at a ridiculous 348.5 (-110/-110). Even for the all-star game, that is a high total. Last season the two all-star squads combined for an absurd 369, though this was the only time in history that they scored more than 348.5 points. But hell, all nine players in the NBA averaging over 25 points per game are going to be suited up Sunday.
The West, which has won five of the past six all-star games, is a five-point favorite at the time of this writing. It is worth noting that five of the past seven all-star games have been decided by five points or less. However, the West blew out the East last season 196-173 for the biggest margin of victory since 2009.
Before the game Sunday, some players will get to showcase their talents in the Slam Dunk Contest, Three-Point Contest and other events Saturday night. You can check out the odds for these events here. You can also take a look at the odds for who will win the ASG MVP here.
2016 NBA All-star game: Spread
Odds as of February 17 at 5Dimes
2016 NBA All-Star game: Total
Odds as of February 17 at 5Dimes
- OVER 348.5 -110
- UNDER 348.5 -110
|2016||West 196, East 173||Russell Westbrook||Toronto|
|2015||West 163, East 158||Russell Westbrook||New York|
|2014||East 163, West 155||Kyrie Irving||New Orleans|
|2013||West 143, East 138||Chris Paul||Houston|
|2012||West 152, East 149||Kevin Durant||Orlando|
|2011||West 148, East 143||Kobe Bryant||Los Angeles|
|2010||East 141, West 139||Dwyane Wade||Arlington, Texas|
|2009||West 146, East 119||Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal||Phoenix|
|2008||East 134, West 128||LeBron James||New Orleans|
|2007||West 153, East 132||Kobe Bryant||Las Vegas|
|2006||East 122, West 120||LeBron James||Houston|
|2005||East 125, West 115||Allen Iverson||Denver|
|2004||West 136, East 132||Shaquille O’Neal||Los Angeles|
|2003||West 155, East 145 (2OT)||Kevin Garnett||Atlanta|
|2002||West 135, East 120||Kobe Bryant||Philadelphia|
|2001||East 111, West 110||Allen Iverson||Washington|
|2000||West 137, East 126||Tim Duncan, Shaquille O’Neal||Oakland|
2016 NBA All-Star Game
The brightest stars in the NBA will be on display Sunday night in Toronto when the Western Conference all-stars take on the all-stars from the East in what’s expected to follow the all-star game tradition of being a high scoring game.
The West, who’ve won four of the last five all-star games, are currently 5.5-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline. The last six all-star games have finished relatively close, with five of the six games being decided by five points or less. With the league’s top four scorers on their roster, The West might be better suited for a game that basically has a no focus on defense whatsoever.
The star studded game doesn’t exactly have a reputation for generosity, but expect the West to give Kobe Bryant lots of touches, as the four-time All-Star Game MVP will be playing in his final All-Star Game.
On the Eastern squad, expect local favorites, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors, to see their share of opportunities to put on a show for the hometown crowd.
With defense low on the list of priorities, the game opened with an enormous total of 312, but has jumped to 318.5. This number might seem high, but it might not be high enough considering the last two all-star games had combined scores of 321 and 318. To further confuse bettors though, not one all-star game from 2004 to 2011 topped the 300 point mark.
If you’re looking for trends other than the fact that a ridiculous amount of points will be scored, it should be noted that the East have lost four straight All-Star games SU when the game is being hosted in an Eastern Conference city.
Calling the shots for the West will be Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who’s 2-1 SU in previous all-star games. Both wins came by five points and his teams averaged 145.5 points in the victories.
Before the game on Sunday, players will get the chance to showcase their talents in the Slam Dunk and Three Point Shooting Contests, and the the Skills Challenge. Click here for odds and analysis of those events.
2016 NBA All-star game
Odds as of February 14 at BetOnline
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