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2020 NBA All-Star Game Betting Preview: Team LeBron Faves Vs Team Giannis

NBA All-Star Game Betting Odds February 16 2020

Twenty-four of the best basketball players on planet Earth will make their way to Chicago for the annual NBA All-Star Game and it’s Team Giannis vs Team LeBron. The two superstars had a player draft on TNT on February 6 and based on the selected rosters, oddsmakers have installed Team LeBron as a 6.5-point favorite.

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2020 NBA All-Star Game: Team LeBron vs Team Giannis
SpreadMoneyline Total
Team LeBron -6.5Team Giannis +185307

Odds as of February 16 at BetOnline

Online sportsbook Bovada has Team LeBron as the fave and this year’s all-star game has an interesting wrinkle that bettors need to pay attention to. It’s not the conventional format we’re all used to with four 12-minute quarters and the team that scores the most points winning the game. Ya know, like a normal basketball game.

According to the NBA’s website, “Each of the first three quarters will begin with the score of 0-0 and will last 12 minutes. At the start of the fourth quarter, the game clock will be turned off and a Final Target Score will be set. The Final Target Score will be determined by taking the leading team’s total cumulative score through three quarters and adding 24 points. Once the Final Target Score is set, the teams will play an untimed fourth quarter and the first team to reach the Final Target Score will win the NBA All-Star Game.”

Sounds simple, right? Well, other than the fact this game lends itself immensely to an in-play live betting opportunity, let’s handicap the game based on the rosters.

LeBron’s Team Looks So Stacked

For the second year in a row with LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo picking all-star squads, it seems like Giannis doesn’t understand how a draft works. You don’t need to be Stevie Wonder to see how incredible LeBron’s team is this year with a starting lineup of himself, Luka Doncic, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden and Anthony Davis.

Comparing that to the Greek Freak’s starters, it almost seems unfair. It’s Giannis, Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam, Kemba Walker and Trae Young. Don’t get me wrong, those are still five of the top 20 players in the NBA but LeBron’s team has three players who are legitimately in the NBA MVP race while Giannis has two starters making their all-star debuts.

The weak link for Team Giannis is his selection of too many first-time all-stars and big men who typically can’t hang for four quarters. This isn’t an indictment of Embiid, Rudy Gobert or Bam Adebayo but those are three players who can’t shoot three-pointers while on Team LeBron only one player, Ben Simmons, fits that category.

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Here’s a look back at the final scores of every NBA All-Star Game since 2000:

All-Star Game Results since 2000
YearResultMVPLocation
2020Team LeBron 157, Team Giannis 155Kawhi LeonardChicago
2019Team LeBron 178, Team Giannis 164Kevin DurantCharlotte
2018Team LeBron 148, Team Curry 145LeBron JamesLos Angeles
2017West 192, East 182Anthony DavisNew Orleans
2016West 196, East 173Russell WestbrookToronto
2015West 163, East 158Russell WestbrookNew York
2014East 163, West 155Kyrie IrvingNew Orleans
2013West 143, East 138Chris PaulHouston
2012West 152, East 149Kevin DurantOrlando
2011West 148, East 143Kobe BryantLos Angeles
2010East 141, West 139Dwyane WadeArlington, Texas
2009West 146, East 119Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’NealPhoenix
2008East 134, West 128LeBron JamesNew Orleans
2007West 153, East 132Kobe BryantLas Vegas
2006East 122, West 120LeBron JamesHouston
2005East 125, West 115Allen IversonDenver
2004West 136, East 132Shaquille O’NealLos Angeles
2003West 155, East 145 (2OT)Kevin GarnettAtlanta
2002West 135, East 120Kobe BryantPhiladelphia
2001East 111, West 110Allen IversonWashington
2000West 137, East 126Tim Duncan, Shaquille O’NealOakland

Who Is the MVP Among MVPs

Typically, you can feel confident placing an MVP wager on the player representing the team that hosts the all-star game. However, this year’s host is Chicago, and there isn’t a Bulls player in the game. So considering the above information about Giannis’ big lineup and with LeBron’s team favored to win, I think the Mavericks’ Luka Doncic at +900 has the best value.

The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year is having a terrific sophomore campaign, averaging nearly a triple-double and posting much better numbers across the board than he did last season. Doncic is second on the oddsboard for the NBA MVP race and I think this will be his weekend to shine.

Disagree? Well, here’s a look at the full list of All-Star MVP odds for you to choose from:

2020 NBA All-Star MVP Odds
PlayerOdds
Anthony Davis+400
LeBron James+450
Giannis Antetokounmpo+500
James Harden+600
Luka Doncic+900
Trae Young+1000
Kawhi Leonard+1400
Joel Embiid+1800
Pascal Siakam+2000
Kemba Walker+2000
Russell Westbrook+2000
Jimmy Butler+2000
Devin Booker+2500
Jayson Tatum+2500
Ben Simmons+3300
Donovan Mitchell+3300
Nikola Jokic+3300
Chris Paul+4000
Brandon Ingram+4000
Khris Middleton+5000
Kyle Lowry+5000
Bam Adebayo+5000
Domantas Sabonis+6600
Rudy Gobert+6600

Odds courtesy of BetOnline