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2018 NBA All-Star Game Betting Preview

For the first time since its introduction in 1951, the NBA All-Star Game will not pit the Eastern and Western conferences against each other. Instead, superstars LeBron James and Stephen Curry have handpicked their own all-stars in a schoolyard format ahead of the February 18 showdown at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Looking to wager on the exhibition event? 5Dimes has you covered. The book is offering on the unique all-star game, with Team LeBron coming in as the 3.5-point favorite. The total opened at a sky-high 346.

When you look at the talent up and down each player’s roster, it’s no surprise to see a number that high. James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid and Curry himself are slated to get the start, while James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis and Paul George are expected to counter for King James’ squad.

All-star games have lacked defense in the past, but I think the change in format is going to give the players a new competitive edge. The biggest storyline in the game will be James and Irving reuniting after the blockbuster trade that sent Irving to Boston in the offseason. The point guard hasn’t been shy about his desire to get away from James and the Cavaliers, however, I don’t think it’s going to impact the duo’s play on the court.

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2018 NBA All-star game: Spread

Odds as of February 16 at 5Dimes

  • Team LeBron -3.5 -120
  • Team Steph +3.5 -120
2018 NBA All-Star game: Total

Odds as of February 16 at 5Dimes

  • OVER 346 -120
  • UNDER 346 -120

To showcase just how out of hand these games can get, here’s a look back at the final scores of all-star games since 2000:

All-Star Game Results since 2000
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