2019 NBA All-Star Game Betting Prediction

Posted by Derrick Harper on February 13, 2019 in

There will be as much talent on the floor for the Rising Stars game Friday night as there will be for Sunday’s 2019 NBA All-Star game. The NBA will showcase its young talent in a matchup between the top first- and second-year players in the Association. And unlike the game on Sunday, which is more of a popularity contest, the players for the Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars contest are selected by assistant coaches throughout the league.

The game features 10 rookies and sophomores from the United States against 10 players from around the world. Rosters must include four guards, four frontcourt players and two players at any position. At least three first-year players and three second-year players must be included on the roster. The teams will play four 10-minute periods. Let’s check the latest odds.

2019 NBA All-Star Game Betting Prediction

The location of the NBA All-Star Game and All-Star Weekend changes each year, rotating throughout the NBA.

This 2019 NBA All-Star Game will go down Sunday, February 17, 2019, at 7 p.m. ET at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The game will be televised live on TNT. It’s also touted as the midpoint of the regular season, giving players a much-needed break from the wear and tear that builds up throughout the year.

As for the big game, it’s just an exhibition and the first three quarters look like an organized rec league game, but the NBA All-Star Game still matters a whole lot to the participants in it and to fans of NBA betting.

The NBA’s decision last season to move away from the West-East format and instead have the top two vote-getters from each conference draft teams worked wonders. The game was far more competitive, the defense was played (yes, really) and the game came down to the final minute.

LeBron James is going to be a candidate for NBA All-Star Game MVP.

It was a far cry from the 48-minute unofficial dunk contest that took place the previous few seasons, and the response was positive. LeBron James won the MVP of that game, in part to his late-game heroics that included a defensive stop on Steph Curry to win the game.

Who will follow James as the next All-Star Game MVP on Sunday in Charlotte? Here are my two favorites bets to take home the hardware:

Kemba Walker

Since 1951, there have been 14 instances of a player whose team is hosting the All-Star Game also winning MVP. It happened most recently in 2017 when Anthony Davis’ West teammates fed him all night, with the Pelicans forward setting an All-Star Game record with 52 points in New Orleans. It could happen again here.

James Harden

Harden has now sprung for 30 points or more in 30 straight games. He is arguably the best offensive player in the league not only currently, but in recent memory. He has the skills and the awareness to dominate nearly any defensive structure and in nearly any arena. When in doubt, go with the hot hand and this guy is the hottest hand around.

Have a great time following the NBA All-Star game. Best of luck!