NBA All-Star Game Betting Preview

2011 NBA All-Star Game logoThe high-scoring, defense-free NBA All-Star game takes place on Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California (8:30 p.m. ET, TNT).

The Western Conference is the home team for the eighth straight year and their top player is hometown favorite Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Eastern Conference will be led by the Miami duo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

As of early Friday there were no odds on this game at, however, the total will no doubt be as elevated as a Blake Griffin dunk.

Last year at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the two All-Star teams combined for 280 points as the game went over the 262-point total. Two years ago the teams combined for 265 points topping the 264-point total.

Last year, the Eastern Conference was favored by two points and won 141-139 to improve its all-time series lead to 36-23. Dwyane Wade was named the MVP award scoring 28 points and adding 11 assists.

LeBron James and Kobe Bryant alternated winning the MVP award from 2006 through 2009 beginning with Lebron in 2006. Kobe may have the edge this year since the game is in Los Angeles and 14 times in All-Star game history a player from the home city has won the award.

Besides Kobe, the Western Conference also has the league’s leading scorer in Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Denver’s Carmelo Anthony, who has been in the news nearly every day in trade rumors.

Outside of Wade and James, the Eastern Conference is loaded with talent including Chicago’s Derrick Rose, who has been playing at an MVP level in recent weeks.

Last year, there were four players who had double-doubles including Wade, Anthony, Chris Bosh and Amare Stoudemire.

This year’s crop of All-Stars combined are scoring an average of 20.7 points and notching 7.4 assists per game. If you look at the entire rosters of each team, the Western All-Stars have a higher scoring average but the East All-Stars arguably shoot better.

Here are this year’s All-Star Rosters:

Eastern Conference All-Stars

Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls (G)
Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat (G)
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic (C)
LeBron James, Miami Heat (F)
Amare Stoudemire, New York Knicks (F)

Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics (F)
Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics (G)
Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics (F)
Ray Allen, Boston Celtics (G)
Joe Johnson, Atlanta Hawks (G)
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks (F/C)
Chris Bosh, Miami Heat (F)

Head Coach:
Doc Rivers, Boston Celtics

Western Conference All-Stars

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers (G)
Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets (G)
Yao Ming, Houston Rockets (C) – Injured
Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets (F)
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (F)

Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers (F)
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks (F)
Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs (G)
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs (G)
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder (G)
Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers (F)
Deron Williams, Utah Jazz (G)
Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves (C)

Head Coach:
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs

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