East vs. West - 2/15/15 NBA All Star Pick, Odds, and Prediction
West All Stars vs. East All Stars
NBA Basketball: Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: East +3 -- Over/Under: 295.5 See the Latest Odds
The East All Stars and West All Stars meet Sunday night at Madison Square Garden in the 2015 NBA All Star Game.
The East All Stars are led by LeBron James, John Wall and Carmelo Anthony, who should be the star of the show given the game is played on his home court. Off the bench, the East will be led by four different Atlanta Hawks players, including Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver, Al Horford and Jeff Teague. The chemistry of playing together already should help the East, as Kyrie Irving will also join James as Cavs teammates. The strength for the Eastern Conference is downright playmakers, as majority of the players selected can create their own shots and get to the cup with ease. Look for the East to play a lot of isolation basketball and create easy shots for some of the top players in the world. Mike Budenholzer of the Hawks will coach the East.
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The West All Stars are led by Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. The West is flat out loaded with probably the better overall roster, as LaMarcus Aldridge, James Harden and Russell Westbrook are also included on the team. It’s hard to find a weakness on the West squad, and its main strength is its size as six active players are at least 6’10” in height. The East has just three players of that height or taller, which is a huge disadvantage. While defense and what not is optional in all star games, expect the West to have the advantage on the glass and get plenty of second chances to put the ball in the cup. Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors will coach the West.
Both the East and West have split the last 10 games, but the West has won three of the last four meetings. The East won last year’s meeting, 163-155.
Handicapping All Star games is always tough due to both teams being evenly matched and the lack of defense each team plays. Two of the last three meetings have topped 300 total points. So, it’s always best just to throw a little something on this game for enjoyment and not go overboard. And like most cases, I take the free points in a game that’s completely meaningless and that could go either way.
So, the East it is.