- Team LeBron has grown to a 6.5-point favorite over Team Giannis in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game
- Team LeBron covered easily last year as the 5-point favorites, winning 178-164 over Team Giannis
- Will the total go over 304.5 points? Read on to find out more
In the NBA, LeBron James is famous for his chalk toss. In the NBA All-Star Game, Team LeBron is famous for covering as the chalk.
For the third straight midseason classic, Team LeBron is the favorite. The hand-picked team that James will take to the court to face Team Giannis in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game at Chicago’s United Center are the five-point betting choice in the contest.
2020 NBA All-Star Game Odds
|Team LeBron||-225||-6.5 (-110)||Over 304.5 (-115)|
|Team Giannis||+195||+6.5 (-110)||Under 304.5 (-105)|
Odds taken Feb. 14th
Team LeBron is 2-0 both straight up and against the spread in NBA All-Star Game history.
Team LeBron Delivers the Goods
Cynics might suggest that LeBron is already a pretty fair NBA general manager. The fact of the matter is, when it comes to the NBA All-Star Game, King James crowns winners.
The NBA switched to its current all-star game format in 2018. Two star players are named team captains and they draft their rosters from the other NBA All-Star selections.
That season, Team LeBron downed Team Stephen (Curry) 148-145 as 2.5-point favorites.
Last year was the first Team LeBron-Team Giannis showdown. Again, Team LeBron won and covered. They were 178-164 winners as the five-point chalk.
No wonder then that the spread has quickly grown in Team LeBron’s favor since it opened on Thursday with the James gang favored by 4.5 points.
Booker In; Lillard Out
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard was forced to drop out of the game due to a groin injury. Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker will replace Lillard on the Team LeBron roster.
Booker is 10th in the NBA in scoring this season. He’s averaging 26.4 points per game. He’ll be the first Suns player in the game since Steve Nash in 2011-12.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 13, 2020
Team LeBron shouldn’t miss a beat. Among the players James drafted are Los Angeles Lakers teammate and NBA MVP contender Anthony Davis. The draft saw James stocking his team with the reigning NBA Finals MVP (Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers), the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year (Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks) and the NBA scoring leader (James Harden of the Houston Rockets).
Pick: Team LeBron -6.5 (-110).
Over? Did You Say Over?
If you’re someone who’d bet the under on an NBA All-Star Game, you’re probably also the sort of person who hoards those salt and pepper packets that come with fast food. You know, just in case you ever run out.
The over was set at 315 in last year’s game. The teams obliterated it, pouring in 342 points.
When it comes to the NBA All-Star Game, the players take a Bill Murray in Space Jam approach to the hardwood.
They don’t play defense.
The average total over the past six NBA All-Star Games is 336.2 points per game.
The new format is perhaps causing a bit of uncertainty in the over/under maket, leading to a surprisingly low total of 304.5 points.
They’ll be setting the score at 0-0 at the start of each of the first three quarters. In the final period, the scores will be combined. To honor the memory of Kobe Bryant, they’ll be adding 24 points to the leading total.
The teams will played an untimed fourth quarter until one of them reaches that established score.
No matter. Play the over all day long.
Pick: Over 304.5 points (-105).
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