The NBA All Star Game is almost upon us and signals a good time to look at our basketball betting. The NBA All-Star Game is always a good time, and I think it is the most engaging of all the all star games in professional sports. This year should prove to be another good edition, and the game will take place in the ultimate party town of New Orleans. But who names their stadium the Smoothie King Center? Brutal.
NBA All Star Game – Eastern Conference
This year’s NBA All Star Game will feature many of the usual suspects from the Eastern Conference such as LeBron James, DeMar DeRozan, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, and Isaiah Thomas. The Eastern Conference is arguably the weakest of the two NBA conferences minus the Cleveland Cavaliers of course. However when it comes to the Slam Dunk contest, the East in the form of Aaron Gordon are the prohibitive favorites. Gordon is a -200 fave to take home the Slam Dunk hardware. Derek Jones Jr. of the Phoenix Suns is looking to challenge at +150.
LeBron “King” James is of course a mega NBA star and is representing the Eastern Conference in his astounding 13th NBA All-Star Game. James is always a fierce competitor and can be counted on to make a charge for MVP game honors. While there is no line on the All Star Game MVP, this could be a sweet side bet with a buddy- don’t get less than even money though!
NBA Betting Lines – Western Conference
The Western Conference has no shortage of talent which is clearly illustrated by no less than four players from the Golden State Warriors going to the game. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green. Add to that Russell Westbrook (awkward), James Harden, DeAndre Jordan, and Kawhi Leonard, and you have a monster team.
What is big news for 2017 All Star Game betting is that Steph Curry will not be participating in the 3 Point Contest. This is like Barry Bonds back in the day not participating in the Home Run Derby for the MLB All Star Game? To be fair Curry hasn’t won it every year but would no doubt be the prohibitive favorite. This year sees fellow GSW’er Klay Thompson as the big fave at +110 to win the trey shootout.
I personally enjoy All Star Games even though they can be a bit flat at times. The recent NHL All Star Game was excellent, and really they are a great opportunity to see bitter rivals have some fun together as teammates. It won’t be of course any substitute for betting on regular NBA action, but it will provide a few more laughs.
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