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2019 NBA All-Star Game Betting Preview: Team LeBron Favored Over Team Giannis

NBA All Star Game Betting Odds February 14

The NBA’s regular season can be a grueling exercise for an athlete and that’s why the annual All-Star Weekend can be a great way to recharge the tank for players and the bankrolls for bettors.

Online sportsbooks have released betting lines for every form of competition for the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend including spreads and moneylines for the Rising Stars Challenge, the Celebrity Game and the main event, the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.

Team LeBron and Team Giannis will go head-to-head Sunday night and BetOnline has installed Team LeBron as a 6-point favorite.

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Let’s take a look at the squads and break down why Team LeBron is the favorite, which team will win and who I’d consider to win MVP. I also do the same thing for the Rising Stars Challenge and Celebrity Game below:

LeBron’s Team Looks So Stacked

As the all-star draft was happening on TV between LeBron and Giannis, you didn’t need to be Stevie Wonder to see how incredible LeBron’s team is this year. The shooting that’s available on his team should blow Giannis’ team out of the water as he has Kevin Durant, James Harden, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal all waiting to rain threes in a game with zero defense. This might actually be the first time that someone gives LeBron a compliment for his team selection because as a closeted GM for his NBA teams, his talent evaluation has been awful.

That being said, this is still an all-star game and it’s not like Giannis has a team of scrubs. He has the best shooter alive in Stephen Curry, the best center alive in Joel Embiid and an MVP candidate in Paul George, who has made 49 percent of his three-point attempts over the last 15 games. However, I do feel that Giannis took too many big men in a game where running and fast-break opportunities rule the day. For that reason, I’m likely fading Team Giannis as a 6-point underdog but wouldn’t fault anyone for chasing the points.

The Pick: Team LeBron -6

2019 NBA All-star game: Spread
  • Team LeBron -6 -120
  • Team Giannis +6 -120
Odds as of February 14 at BetOnline

Who will Win all-star game MVP?

As for MVP, I tend to side with scorers when making this type of pick but it all depends on the flow of the game. LeBron won the MVP last year after scoring 29 points and he is listed at +650 to take home the hardware again which isn’t terrible value with all things considered.

I think it will go to Kevin Durant this year as he scored 19 in last year’s game and in my opinion is the greatest offensive player in the world. His odds are at +600 and I would suggest that if you are betting the MVP to anticipate that he will come from the winning team because no player has ever won that trophy while being on the losing team in this competition. So, if you think Giannis will win it, you might as well double-down on taking his team to win too. It’s also worth noting that 14 players have won the award while playing in this game in their home city so if you like a hometown fave, Kemba Walker from the Charlotte Hornets is your guy at +750.

The Pick: Kevin Durant for MVP +600

Odds To Win the 2019 NBA All-Star Game MVP
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (GIA) +600 
  • Kevin Durant (LBJ) +600        
  • LeBron James (LBJ) +650       
  • Stephen Curry (GIA) +700      
  • Kemba Walker (GIA) +750     
  • Joel Embiid (GIA) +850          
  • Paul George (GIA) +850         
  • Kyrie Irving (LBJ) +900
  • Anthony Davis (LBJ) +1000    
  • James Harden (LBJ) +1000     
  • Russell Westbrook (GIA) +1200         
  • Kawhi Leonard (LBJ) +1400   
  • Dwyane Wade (LBJ) +2000    
  • Ben Simmons (LBJ) +3300     
  • Blake Griffin (GIA) +3300       
  • Bradley Beal (LBJ) +4000       
  • Damian Lillard (LBJ) +4000    
  • Karl-Anthony Towns (LBJ) +4000      
  • Klay Thompson (LBJ) +4000   
  • Dirk Nowitzki (GIA) +5000     
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (LBJ) +5000         
  • Kyle Lowry (GIA) +6600         
  • Nikola Jokic (GIA) +6600        
  • Khris Middleton (GIA) +8000 
  • D’Angelo Russell (GIA) +10000          
  • Nikola Vucevic (GIA) +10000 
Odds as of February 14 at BetOnline

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
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

Rising Stars Challenge odds

My personal favorite event for the entire All-Star Weekend, the Rising Stars Challenge is continuing with its spin on the game by pitting Team World vs Team USA and has opened the Americans as 3-point favorites. This game consists of only first- and second-year players and just taking a quick glance at the rosters, I’m still confused on why Team World is the underdog. It has the reigning Rookie of the Year in Ben Simmons, the favorite to win Rookie of the Year this season in Luka Doncic along with the 2019 first overall pick, Deandre Ayton.

I know the Americans have a ton of talent on their roster in Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell and Trae Young but I think they’re overmatched for the top-end players. Capping this game is more difficult than opening a pickle jar with your teeth so I’m not going to drown you in numbers and trends because these rosters turn over every year. The only trend to really hang your hat on is that Team World has won this game in three of the last four years and quite a few of the players on the winning roster last year are on the squad again. That’s all I need to see to make Team World my pick.

The Pick: Team World +3

2019 NBA Rising Stars Challenge: Spread
  • Team World +3 -120
  • Team USA  -3 -120
Odds as of February 14 at 5Dimes

Who Will Win MVP?

Again, another tough assignment to cap because this award tends to go with the winning team and to a player who shoots the lights out. Last year’s winner was Bogdan Bogdanovic and he took home the trophy when he scored 26 points and seven treys. The year prior, Jamal Murray won it by leading all scorers with 36 points. This game also takes the college format and has two 20-minute halves instead of quarters, which reduces the number of opportunities to get hot shooting the basketball.

I’m going to take a stab at Luka Doncic at +400. He would excel in a game like this because of his shooting and passing ability and with Ben Simmons leading the break, I could see Doncic just raining threes on the American team. Bogdanovic is available at +1200 but may not be worth it because, in the history of this event, there has never been a repeat winner.

If you think Team USA wins this game, I think you need to go with De’Aaron Fox at +1200. The speedster has taken a huge leap this season and I don’t think there’s a player on either roster who can keep up with him on the fast break. Another reason why I like him is that the MVP award for this game has typically gone to second-year players. Bogdanovic is the only “rookie” to win MVP since 2006 and as mentioned, I don’t anticipate a repeat winner.

The Pick: Luka Doncic +400 and De’Aaron Fox at +1200

Odds To Win the 2019 Rising Stars Challenge MVP
  • Ben Simmons (PHI) +400       
  • Luka Doncic (DAL) +400         
  • Donovan Mitchell (UTA) +900
  • Jayson Tatum (BOS) +900      
  • Deandre Ayton (PHX) +1000  
  • Kyle Kuzma (LAK) +1000        
  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (SAC) +1200      
  • De’Aaron Fox (SAC) +1200     
  • Lauri Markkanen (CHI) +1200
  • OG Anunoby (TOR) +1200     
  • Trae Young (ATL) +1400        
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. (MEM) +2000         
  • John Collins (ATL) +2000        
  • Kevin Knox (NYK) +2000        
  • Marvin Bagley III (SAC) +2000
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC) +2000
  • Cedi Osman (CLE) +3300        
  • Jarrett Allen (BKN) +4000       
  • Josh Okogie (MIN) +4000      
  • Rodions Kurucs (BKN) +4000 
Odds as of February 14 at BetOnline

2019 NBA Celebrity Game odds

The ugly stepchild of the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, the Celebrity Game may not be the best example of basketball played during the weekend but it gives fans a chance to see interesting characters of today’s pop culture shoot some hoops.

The away team is the underdog with stars like Mike “Luke Cage” Colter, Dr. Oz and singer Chris Daughtry while the home team counters with rappers Quavo, Bad Bunny and comedian Hasan Minhaj. I’m likely siding with the away team because of the former NBA players they have on the roster like Ray Allen. Allen is only a few years removed from being a sharpshooter in the league and can still hit the three with regularity in this type of atmosphere. Allen would also be my pick for MVP and at +1800, that is prime value for the best player on both teams.

The Pick: Away Team -140 and Ray Allen for MVP +1800

2019 NBA CeleBrity Game - Winner
  • Home Team +110
  • Away Team -140
Odds as of February 14 at BetOnline
Odds To Win the 2019 NBA Celebrity All-Star Game MVP
  • Quavo +333
  • Terrence J +700
  • Famous Los +700
  • Jason Weinmann +1000
  • James Shaw Jr. +1000
  • Jay Williams +1400
  • A’ja Wilson +1200
  • Stefanie Dolson +1600
  • Ray Allen +1800
  • Mike Colter +2000
  • Steve Smith +2000
  • Chris Daughtry +2000
  • Rhapsody +2000
  • Bo Rinehart +2000
  • JB Smoove +2000
  • AJ Buckley +2000
  • Bad Bunny +2500
  • Amanda Seales +2500
  • Hasan Minhaj +2500
  • Adam Ray +2500
  • Brad Williams +3000
  • Ronnie 2K +4000
  • Marc Lasry +4000
  • Dr. Oz +5000
Odds as of February 14 at BetOnline