Oddsmaker offers up All-Star Action
The NBA takes a break
from the daily grind of the regular season this weekend to show off
its stars and have some fun with the playing of the 60th NBA
All-Star Game Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (8 pm
As of Thursday morning oddsmaker.ag is holding off on lining
Sunday's All-Star Game.
Last year the East won the All-Star Game for the fourth time in the
last six years, beating the West 141-139. But the West has won six
of the last 11 All-Star meetings.
The East roster consists of Boston's Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul
Pierce, and Rajon Rondo, New York's Amare Stoudemire, Miami's LeBron
James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, Orlando's Dwight Howard,
Chicago's Derrick Rose, and Atlanta's Joe Johnson and Al Horford.
The West will counter with hometowners Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol of
the Lakers and Blake Griffin of the Clippers, Kevin Durant and
Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City, Carmelo Anthony of (for the
moment) Denver, Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas, Deron Williams of Utah,
double-double machine Kevin Love of Minnesota (an injury replacement
for Houston's Yao Ming), Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili of San
Antonio, and Chris Paul of New Orleans.
With defense optional and offensive showmanship a requirement, the
last 11 NBA All-Star contests have seen an average of 256 points
scored, excluding the two overtime periods played in the 2003 game.
Also, of those last 11 All-Star affairs, five were decided by six
points or less, but three were decided by 15 points or more.
Among the myriad All-Star festivities on tap this weekend are the
Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam, which matches a team of rookie
All-Stars vs. a team of sophomores (Friday, 9 pm Eastern, TNT), the
Slam Dunk showdown (Friday, 9:30 pm Eastern, NBA TV), the D-League
All-Star Game (Saturday, 5 pm Eastern, NBA TV), and the three-point
contest (Saturday, 8:30 pm Eastern, TNT).
The sophomores are 8-3 vs. the rookies. Last year, though, the Rooks
beat the Sophs for the first time in eight tries, 140-128.
In the three-point contest defending champion Paul Pierce will go
against Allen, Durant, Cleveland's Daniel Gibson, Miami's James
Jones, and Golden State's Dorell Wright. Allen, now the NBA's
all-time leader in three-pointers made, won the three-point contest
10 years ago.
oddsmaker.ag will be offering wagering action on some of these
competitions, so bettors can tune in and watch the events with a
little something extra on the line.