The 67th annual NBA All-Star game will take place this Sunday, February 18, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The two teams going head-to-head will be captained by Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry. This game will be the first All-Star Game under the new draft format, which replaced the previous Eastern Conference versus Western Conference format. New Format to Be Tested for the First Time In an NBA tradition dating back to 1951, the best active players compete in two teams, usually representing the East and the West. In the previous years, fans, players and the public voted for the roster of each team. This year, James and Curry were selected as captains to draft their teams from a pool of players that were chosen by vote. The 2018 #NBAAllStar Team Captains! Η δημοσίευση κοινοποιήθηκε από το χρήστη NBA All-Star Weekend (@nbaallstar) στις 18 Ιαν, 2018 στις 3:26 μμ PST They did so on January 25, with James inviting Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Kevin Durant, and Curry welcoming Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, and Klay Thompson, among others. Team LeBron currently stands as the favourite to win the 67th All-Star Game with odds at 20/33, while Team Stephen stands at 7/5, both as of February 14. James also got the right to pick first, while Curry got to pick the colour of his team’s jerseys. All-Star Game Will See Weekend of Celebrations The game will be hosted at the home of the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers. This will make it the sixth NBA All-Star Game to take place in Los Angeles, where All-Star Games were previously held in 2011, 2004, 1983, 1972 and 1963 – an NBA record. The NBA All-Star Weekend will involve several events that start on Friday, finishing on Sunday with the All-Star Game. What team are you on! #TeamStephen or #TeamLebron? #nbaallstargame #nba #lebronjames #stephencurry #warriors #cavs #hoops #basketball #nba2k18 #mvp Η δημοσίευση κοινοποιήθηκε από το χρήστη Stephen Curry (@stephencurryig30) στις 28 Ιαν, 2018 στις 8:23 μμ PST During halftime, the audience will enjoy performances by comedian Kevin Hart and singer Pharrell Williams, while Fergie of the Black-Eyed Peas will sing the national anthem. It was announced that both teams will donate money to charities selected by their captains. The winning team has pledged $350,000 and the losing team another $150,000.