2022 NBA All-Star Game: Cleveland All-Star Game Bet Preview
The NBA All-Star Game is rapidly approaching as we will have Team LeBron and Team Durant squaring off against one another on Sunday evening in an exhibition of the league’s best talents.
The rules are the same as the previous few years, but in case you are unaware, we will quickly go over them.
The teams will compete to win each quarter as each of the first three games are essentially 12-minute games, with the winner being the team with the most points.
However, the fourth quarter is unique as it is an untimed quarter as each team will be attempting to reach score 24 points in the fourth quarter, in honor of the late Kobe Bryant. This is known in basketball circles as "The Elam Ending."
The first team to reach that 24 points in the fourth quarter will win the game, despite the total score. All that matters, in the end, is the fourth quarter race to 24 points.
It is important to understand what each roster is as both captains had a draft, and with injuries, this is expected to be the final roster for each team.
Team Durant (coached by Erik Spoelstra & the Miami Heat staff): Joel Embiid, Ja Morant, Jayson Tatum, Andrew Wiggins, Trae Young, LaMelo Ball, Devin Booker, Rudy Gobert, Zach LaVine, Khris Middleton, Dejounte Murray, Karl-Anthony Towns.
Team James (coached by Monty Williams & the Phoenix Suns staff): LeBron James , Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Jokic, Jarrett Allen, Jimmy Butler, Luka Doncic, Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Chris Paul, Fred VanVleet.
What Are the Odds?
These could change slightly depending on what sportsbook you are currently using and when you place the wager, but at the time of this being written and the odds provided by top online sportsbooks, Team LeBron is favored by -5.5 (-105) with Team Durant +5.5 (-105).
What Should I Be Betting On?
I am going to start with All-Star Game MVP as some sportsbooks do allow this prop bet, and if you are going to dive into All-Star Game prop bets, go with LeBron James to win the award.
The game is being played in Cleveland, where James is originally from, and that could be a major factor as he could be playing up to the fact that his teammates are going to put him in a position to win the award.
I think the narrative is there to give LeBron James the award, and he can definitely put up the numbers here as well.
In terms of the actual game, it’s hard to bet against Team LeBron. The starting lineup is stacked with the combination of LeBron, Giannis, and S teph on the floor together, and there is a little fact that LeBron James has not lost the All-Star Game in this current format and has crafted an excellent team of shooting and rebounding, which is all you really need in the All-Star Game as defense and passing are not really a priority
I would stay away from the spread because that could swing a lot of different ways but go Team LeBron on the moneyline and the over as this is essentially a glorified shootaround.
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