Intensity and the NBA All-Star Game don’t go together, except in the final few minutes of a close game. This year could be different. With the East-West format replaced by Team LeBron vs. Team Stephen, the league will award winning players $100,000 each and losing players $25,000 apiece.
Motivation should rise. And that makes the game easier to handicap — for bookmakers and bettors alike.
Sportsbooks opened Team LeBron as a three-point favorite, and the line has since fallen a half-point. The Over-Under is 339 for the Sunday night tip-off at Staples Center. That’s right — the total projected points Vegas thinks will be scored is almost 350.
Before you pick the side, total, or MVP, you need to see what Galin “The Dragon” Dragiev says.
He trusts numbers above all else. His data-driven approach has helped him nail 27 of his last 40 NBA picks for SportsLine members. He also nailed Spencer Dinwiddie taking down the Skills Challenge and Donovan Mitchell winning the Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday. Anyone who has followed him is way, way up. Now, he’s locked in his pick for the NBA All-Star Game 2018.
In a game where the winning team may have to score 180 points and defense is optional, LeBron James put together a squad full of “odd couple” pairings that may play up individual motivations.
First, he drafted former teammate and current rival Kyrie Irving, who requested a trade out of Cleveland less than a year ago. Second, James not only added Warriors superstar Kevin Durant to his team, he also chose Durant’s former teammate and current Western Conference adversary Russell Westbrook.
Stephen Curry’s team doesn’t have dramatic pairings. It just has a collection of some of the greatest shooters in NBA history.
We can tell you Dragiev is going Over, noting the last two All-Star Games produced an average of 371.5 points, but his stronger pick is against the spread. Plus, he’s backing a massive long shot to take home MVP. You can only see those picks over at SportsLine.
So which side should you back in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of Team LeBron vs. Team Steph you need to be all over on Sunday, and what long shot wins MVP, all from the top-rated expert who’s on a 27-13 NBA run.