2014 NBA All-Star Game - 2/16/14
West (0-0) vs. East (0-0)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, February 16, 2014 at 8:35 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: West -4.5 -- Over/Under: 293.5 See the Latest Odds
The NBA All-Star Game will tipoff Sunday night and gives us basketball fans a chance to make some quick money before the second half of the season begins.
The West has won the last three games and four of the last five against the East.
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They head into this matchup as the favorites once again, led by Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Stephen Curry. Their bench is just as loaded with guys such as Chris Paul, James Harden, Dwight Howard and Dirk Nowitzki. Its overall size trumps the smaller East team and gives them a lot more overall firepower.
The East has a lot more youth on its roster with Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert, Paul Millsap, John Wall and DeMar DeRozan all making their first or second trip to the big game. Along with the youngsters, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade return for what seems like an every year event for them. There isn’t nearly as much explosiveness on the East, but it’s a solid group of great shooters and guys who do a nice job of playing team basketball.
The line is pretty much spot on and with the way the West has dominated over the years, it’s no surprise why a lot of the money is going in that direction. However, the All-Star Game has gotten a lot more competitive over the years and players are actually treating it more like a game to prove themselves against their peers. Guys are doing a better job of playing defense and performing like it’s an actual game.
The last four games have been decided by five points or less.
With the game tightening up and guys wanting to put on a show, but win at the same time, I have to take the points.
The East will likely be motivated to snap the losing streak and should be able to do just enough to keep this thing close for the fifth straight season.