2017 NBA All Star Game East vs West Odds, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on February 15, 2017 in

If you’ve never watched an NBA All-Star Game before, it looks a lot different from the regular- season and postseason matchups. You won’t see any defense, but you will see all kinds of amazing dunks (and other crazy shots that don’t go down). You’ll see threes go in from way downtown. You also have a little intrigue, as Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant will play as teammates for the first time since KD decided to take his talents to the Bay Area. After reading this preview, be sure to review our NBA odds for this week’s games.

2017 NBA All Star Game East vs West Odds, Pick & TV Info

When: Sunday, February 19, 2017, 8:00pm ET
Where: Smoothie King Center, New York
Radio: ESPN Radio
Live StreamTNT

Why should you bet on the East?

LeBron James will be appearing in his 13th All-Star Game. No one else on the Eastern Conference roster has more than three appearances prior to this season. Father Time catches up to everyone eventually, but first they go through a phase where they prove their dominance emphatically, and this could be that year for LeBron. Dwyane Wade won’t be out there with him, and neither will Carmelo Anthony. James is the last of his generation in the league to make the midseason exhibition.

Another exciting player for the Esat will be Giannis Antetokounmpo, the 6-11 point guard for the Milwaukee Bucks. He is averaging 23.5 points, 8.7 boards, 5.5 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.7 steals per game. No one as averaged that high a totals in all five categories since Kareem Abdul- Jabbar. This is Giannis’ first All-Star Game — but could he take over the game?

Why should you put your money on the West?

Russell Westbrook is an All-Star this year — but he’s not a starter, despite having 26 of the 66 triple-doubles that have been posted in the NBA this season. That’s the great (or not-so- great) thing about having the fans choose the starters. He has a chance to do what no one has done in 55 years — average a triple-double for the entire season, like Oscar Robertson did. But the fans voted in Stephen Curry and James Harden to the starting guard spots, so expect Westbrook to put on a big show in New Orleans.

But what about Westbrook and KD appearing on the same team? Will this beat the synergy that James and Kyrie Irving bring for the East? Durant is the best player on the West’s roster, shooting 53.5 percent from the floor. The question about this dynamic will be the one that determines whether the West wins…or whether the East wins their fifth straight All-Star Game.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

It’s hard to bet on an exhibition game, because there’s nothing really on the line except individual pride. Even so, I like the trio of Durant, Westbrook and Curry to overcome James, Irving and the rest of the East, by a final score of 155-149.