2021 NBA All-Star Game odds, picks & betting Tips

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The NBA All-Star festivities are finally here and the 70th NBA All-Star game tips-off this Sunday evening. Unlike years past, all the events will happen on a single night due to the pandemic. As for the betting odds, Team LeBron is favored by 4 points over Team Durant. Kevin Durant is not expected to play, otherwise this line would definitely be closer to a pk ‘em. The total is set to 313.5, so the game should entertain with non-stop action and highlights.

When: March 7, 7:00 PM
Where: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
Watch: TNT
Betting Odds: Team Durant vs. Team LeBron (-4, 313.5)

Before we jump into the breakdown, let’s take a look at both team’s rosters:

Team LeBron Starters

1. LeBron James (Captain)
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo
3. Stephen Curry
4. Luka Doncic
5. Nikola Jokic

Reserves

6. Jaylen Brown
7. Paul George
8. Rudy Gobert
9. Damian Lillard
10. Domantas Sabonis
11. Ben Simmons
12. Chris Paul

Anthony Davis (Injured)

Coach: Quin Snyder (Utah Jazz)

Team Durant Starters

1. Bradley Beal
2. Joel Embiid
3. Kyrie Irving
4. Kawhi Leonard
5. Jayson Tatum

Reserves

6. James Harden
7. Zach LaVine
8. Donovan Mitchell
9. Julius Randle
10. Nikola Vucevic
11. Zion Williamson
12. Mike Conley, Jr.

Kevin Durant (Captain -- Injured), Devin Booker (Injured)

Coach: Doc Rivers (Philadelphia 76ers)

Side Pick: Team Durant +4

On paper, Team LeBron is absolutely stacked. But, when you zoom out, you’ll see that Team Durant has a lot of great individual scorers. That is why I give them the edge in this matchup. The squad has guys like Kyrie, The Beard, Bradley Beal and Zach LaVine that can manufacture buckets at any time. Not to mention Kawhi Leonard, Joel Embiid, Donovan Mitchell and Zion Williamson, who can all run the floor and score inside or out. Zion will be fun to watch on the break, so buckle up for some nasty dunks.

In the end, it comes down to motivation and defense at the end of the game. I like Team Durant as live dogs here, especially at these odds, so I’ll also be sprinkling a little on the moneyline at +145.

Total Pick: UNDER 313.5

The NBA is going with the same “Elam Ending” format to end the game as they did last year. The total score last year (first time in the new format) finished at 312. Both teams slowed the game down and locked down towards the end, which is exactly what this format forces you to do.

One thing to keep in mind, this year the other competitions like the Skills Challenge and 3-Point Contest are all on the same day. There are guys from both teams competing in those events, which could possibly cause some tired legs come the fourth quarter of the big game.

Because of the Elam Ending format and weary legs theory, I’ll roll with the under in this spot. Scary words to type for an All-Star game, but let’s do this!

As always, shop around for the best lines. And, if you are thinking about betting the UNDER, I'd wait until closer to tip-off.

Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook