NBA All Star Game Free Pick

Posted by Aaron . on February 11, 2016 in

This Sunday, the All-Stars from the Western and Eastern Conferences from the National Basketball Association will take the floor as the culmination of a weekend that has featured the Rising Stars Classic, the Slam-Dunk Contest, the Three-Point Shot Contest and the Skills Contest. Let’s take a look at the matchup between the two squads before we provide you the NBA online betting prediction.

NBA All Star Game Free Pick

Why should you take the West?

This is going to be Kobe Bryant’s last All-Star game as an active player in the NBA, and the focus for the West will be sending him out of the league with a real “bang.” Bryant is the fourth player voted in as a starter at the age of 37 or higher (joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John Havlicek and Michael Jordan), and he actually won the balloting this year. He’s appeared in every All-Star game since 1998. The fact that Jimmy Butler is going to miss the All-Star Game due to a knee injury should tell you that the East will be missing one of its fastest players. The All-Star Game basically features no defense, as scores in the 160s and 170s are not uncommon for both teams. Pau Gasol is going to replace Butler, but he will not replace the athleticism that Butler brings to the floor.

Why should you take the East?

It’s true that the West has the likes of Steph Curry, but the East starting five — Kyle Lowry, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony — are a pretty salty crew as well. John Wall, Isaiah Thomas and DeMar Rozan round out a solid backcourt, as does Isaiah Thomas, who has been a major player in the Celtics’ resurgence in recent weeks. The press is all talking about how Curry’s going to win th  MVP of the game if Kobe doesn’t, and how the West will score like a video game. This talk overlooks a lot of the skill that the Eastern Conference has been developing over the past few seasons.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

It’s true that the East has a ton of talent, but the West is simply too strong, and a lot of the players will focus on letting Bryant have his swan song — and final victory as an All-Star. I’m picking the West to win, 161-151.