2014 Rising Stars Challenge Team Hill vs. Team Webber - 2/13/14
Team Hill (0-0) vs. Team Webber (0-0)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:05 pm
The Line: Team Webber +3.5 -- Over/Under: 288.5 See the Latest Odds
There won’t be any real NBA action on Friday, but there will be the 2014 Rising Stars Challenge to help hold you over for the night. It’s a game between some of the top youngsters in the game today. It used to be where the rookies would get dominated by a team of sophomores, but now the players are mixed together in hopes of raising the level of competition.
Legendary players Chris Webber and Grant Hill will be the coaches.
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Now, it’s always difficult to handicap an All-Star Game because you’re really taking a shot in the dark. The players don’t play much defense, just care about having a good time and you can’t really dig up any key stats or trends.
However, Team Hill has eight sophomores and only one rookie, while Team Webber has seven rookies and only two sophomores. The more experienced players usually want to show up the younger guys and tend to win these type of events. Yes, Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Michael Carter-Williams will do their fair share of damage for Team Webber. But Hill’s team features Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Harrison Barnes, Terrence Jones and Andre Drummond. His team is absolutely stacked with legitimate rising stars and not a bunch of still wet behind the ear rookies.
Not to mention Lillard is participating in pretty much everything during All-Star weekend and you get the feeling he’s looking to leave a lasting impression on fans everywhere. I won’t bet against him winning the MVP of this game.
With the low line and the overall better talent on Team Hill, you have to go in that direction. The more experienced teams usually win these games and Team Hill is loaded in that department.
I’ll eat the small chalk in the appetizer before the actual All-Star Game.