Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis – NBA All-Star Game 2019

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Sunday 2/17 8:00 PM (ET), Spectrum Center (Charlotte, NC)

Team LeBron and Team Giannis will put a stamp on the NBA All-Star weekend festivities in Charlotte, as the best of the basketball world face off on Sunday night.

Predictions

For the second time in NBA All-Star weekend, the greatest basketball players will all be under one roof, in Charlotte, NC. Yet, for the first time ever in All-Star game history, the teams were selected publicly, in a draft between each team’s captains, LeBron James and Giannis Antentokounmpo. While the Greek Freak may be a front-runner for league MVP, it’s clear he needs a little more work on the GM’ing side of things. Team LeBron has the clear edge in terms of on-court talent. James also happened to select a number of players who have either asked for a trade, or whose contracts expire at the end of the season, a coincidence, I’m sure.

Expect Team LeBron’s scoring duties to be handled by James Harden, the clear front-runner for league MVP. Harden is currently riding a 31-game streak of scoring at least 30 points, which is tied for the second longest streak in NBA history.

Team Giannis is filled with a bunch of younger talent, who will likely be driven to show the NBA world they belong on this platform. Even so, the likes of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, and Damien Lillard to go along with LeBron and Harden is way too much offensive firepower for any conglomerate of players to keep pace with.

Score prediction: Team LeBron wins 171-167

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Betting Tips

Team LeBron (-6) at Team Giannis (+6) Via 888sport: Take Team Giannis (+6)

While there was a back-to-back run of 10+ point blowouts from 2016-2017, the NBA-All Star game is usually closely contested, down to the last buzzer. Excluding those two contests, the average score difference between both All-Star teams since 2010 is a meagre 4.4 points, with only a single game being won by more than five points. The upper echelon defensive prowess on Team LeBron with the likes of Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard should make for an entertaining matchup against the young talent on Team Giannis. Expect an entertaining, down to the wire event.

Over/Under:

While online betting sites have yet to release the OVER/UNDER for this seasons All-Star game, it’s safe to say that scoring will come early and often on Sunday night. Yet, last season’s NBA All-Stars showed a competitiveness that we haven’t seen in the game for a few seasons. Both teams were held under 150 points for the first time since the 2013 season. Don’t expect to see a reincarnation of the Bad Boy Pistons on Sunday night. Yet, I do believe the teams will decide to not completely embarrass themselves in terms of effort levels on the defensive end of the court.

Head to Head

Last season was the first time the NBA ditched the customary East and West teams for rosters selected by their team captains. In that contest, Team LeBron handed team Steph a 148-145 loss. Prior to last season the Western Conference All-Stars had gone 6-1 vs. the East in their last seven matchups.

Stats

Team LeBron is 1-0 in All-Star games.

Western Conference teams have won 6 out of their last seven contests. Team LeBron outnumbers Team Giannis 8-5 with players from the Western Conference.

Both teams have been held under 150 points in the same game just once since 2013.

James Harden has scored 30 points or more in 31 consecutive games.

LeBron James has won 3 All-Star game MVPs, while his teammates Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade have all won the award once.

Russell Westbrook is the only All-Star game MVP on team Giannis, capturing the title twice.

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