NBA All Star Weekend: All Star Game

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Sunday’s NBA All Star Game has seen so many injury replacements, Andy Dalton will soon be getting a call. And like the Pro Bowl, the All Star Game has evolved into a defense optional game that features points a plenty. Also like the Pro Bowl, Las Vegas gives you the opportunity to wager on the game and its MVP.

The 2015 NBA All Star Game will be taking place in the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden.

(Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

(Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

Western Conference -2.5 vs Eastern Conference

This line has moved bumped up a half point form 2 to 2.5 point. The total for the game is 295.5. The total seems a bit high but could be easily hit the over with the scoring output that is capable by the participants in this game. The Western Conference is features two things that should give them the edge in this game. First they feature tremendous size in Marc Gasol, DeMarcus Cousins, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Dirk Nowitzki. The East will likely go small and try to spread the West out. The West also features shooting a plenty, including the Splash Brothers, James Harden, Kevin Durant, and Damian Lillard. I expect the West to win and cover the 2.5 point spread.

(Bryan Bedder/Getty Images North America)

(Bryan Bedder/Getty Images North America)

NBA All Star Game MVP

As for the MVP, when deciding who you like, you must have an idea for who you think can win the game. You will want to chose a guy who can take over and explode against the leagues best. You will also want to think about who will get a majority of the minutes. Guys like Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki may not play a lot as they are older and will want to rest for the second half. LaMarcus Aldridge and Jimmy Butler have nagging injuries that may limit their minutes.

Stephen Curry (13/4) and LeBron James (4/1) have the shortest odds to win MVP and for good reason. They can both take over a game and put up video game like numbers. A little further down the list three guys make my short list as worth taking a shot on with a little longer odds but huge upside.

Kevin Durant (5.5/1)

Kevin Durant spent the beginning of the season on the injured list but has been exceptional since returning. He has the ability to explode offensively, should get plenty of run from coach Steve Kerr and can play multiple positions.

James Harden (5.5/1)

Harden, like Durant, can be an offensive force. He has the ability to hit shots from all over the court. He also gets to reunite with former teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, whom he spent time with in Oklahoma City. The three players should share the court during the game.

Carmelo Anthony (8/1)

Reports are surfacing this could be Carmelo’s last game of the season. The Knicks are terrible and going nowhere. Melo can shut it down while he recovers from nagging injuries and help assure a top pick for New York. This is also a home game for Anthony. He will try to impress the home crowd and take home the MVP trophy.

If you are looking for longer odds Kyrie Irving (14/1), who has won an all start game MVP before, Damian Lillard (20/1) and Klay Thompson (16/1) are worth taking a look at.

MVP Odds
Stephen Curry – 13/4
LeBron James – 4/1
Kevin Durant – 11/2
James Harden – 11/2
Carmelo Anthony – 8/1
Kyrie Irving – 14/1
John Wall – 15/1
Russell Westbrook – 9/1
Klay Thompson – 16/1
Chris Paul – 22/1
Damian Lillard – 20/1
Marc Gasol – 50/1
LaMarcus Aldridge – 50/1
DeMarcus Cousins – 50/1
Chris Bosh – 50/1
Kyle Lowry – 25/1
Pau Gasol – 60/1
Jimmy Butler – 60/1
Jeff Teague – 30/1
Al Horford – 50/1
Dirk Nowitzki – 65/1
Paul Millsap – 50/1
Tim Duncan – 50/1
Kyle Korver – 50/1

Check out my preview of NBA All Star Saturday Night!

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