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Betting on the 2015 NBA All-Star Game – East vs. West

Bet on the East vs. West - NBA All-Star GameWhen: Sunday, February 15th 2015 at 8:30pm ET
Where: Madison Square Garden in Manhattan
Watch: TNT

ALL of us are in for a treat on Sunday night, as the world’s best basketball players put on a showcase at MSG. Injuries have put a dent in both teams rosters prior to the big game. Nonetheless, the injuries have just opened up spots for other bona fide superstars.

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The common markets are on the point spread and over/under. However, Bovada has also released odds on who will win the MVP and who will score the most points in the game.

With multiple betting markets to analyze – let’s get right into my game preview.

NBA ASG starters and rosters

At the time of writing the starters and reserves are correct, but we’ve seen numerous players have to drop out recently because of nagging injuries.

(S) Indicates that the player is a starter.

We only know four starters on the West because Anthony Davis just pulled out and Steve Kerr hasn’t announced a replacement for the starting line-up yet. I’d speculate that LaMarcus Aldridge will jump into the starter role, but that isn’t confirmed news.

NBA East All-Stars

NBA West All-Stars

Will the East beat the West again in 2015?

The East beat the West (163-155) in last year’s NBA All-Star Game for the first time since 2010. They have a great shot to win again, as the West have been dealing with a ton of injuries. Davis, Blake Griffin and Kobe Bryant were voted in, but won’t be playing.

James will look to lead the East to victory. He has dealt with some injuries this season, but when he has been on the court he has been unstoppable. James is averaging 25.8 PPG (T2 in the NBA), 7.4 APG, 5.6 RPG and 1.5 SPG in 36.7 MPG.

I expect James and Gasol to do a lot of the early scoring for the East while Wall and Lowry dish it out. You can bet Millsap, Horford and Teague will be looking to put the Hawks in the spotlight, but will that be enough to win against the much deeper West team?

The West have the leading scorer in the NBA in Harden (27.4 PPG) leading the way. Harden has been a beast lately and I’m sure he’ll want to out produce the stars in front of the world. Westbrook scores 25.8 PPG (T2) and will be coming off of the bench.

That alone shows the depth that the West have. Durant will come off the bench as well. I’m excited to see Curry and Thompson play together with these other stars. However, the player I’m most interested in watching in the entire game is Lillard.

Lillard was initially held out of the All-Star Game despite averaging 21.5 PPG, 6.3 APG, 4.6 RPG and 1.5 SPG in 36.3 MPG. When he was snubbed at first he started to play with a chip on his shoulder and that’s guaranteed to carry into the game on Sunday.

West vs. East picks

We may have witnessed the East win last year, but don’t count on that happening again. I’m sure this isn’t the first time that you’ve heard this, but the Western Conference is more deep than the Eastern Conference in every imaginable way.

Even with Davis and Griffin out the West still have a better roster. I also like to consider the mentality of the players and the West have a few players that I believe will be playing at a higher level than the rest of the guys, especially Lillard and Westbrook.

NBA All-Star Game prop bets

I’ve seen some great prop bets released by sportsbooks already. For example, I’ve seen a prop bet on whether or not the Gasol brothers can surpass the record for points scored in an All-Star Game by brothers, which is O/U 13.5 points.

Bettors can also wager on how many dunks will be in the ASG and much more. The most popular prop market will be on who will win the MVP award. My money is on Harden (+550) who is priced fourth in the market behind Curry, James and Durant.

You can also get Harden at 6/1 odds to be the highest scorer in the game and that I believe has a great chance. It looks like the West will play three guards most of the game because of the backcourt depth, so I expect Harden to play enough minutes.

Harden is playing better than anyone else in the NBA right now and he isn’t shy about shooting the basketball. You can’t go wrong with any of these stars in these two prop markets because any one of them could score 40+ points.

Make sure you read my skills competition preview and I wish everyone good luck this weekend.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

Scott is one of the original degenerates working for MobileSportsBetting.com. Although he's most successful betting on NFL football and international soccer, he's also active in UFC and NHL hockey betting.

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