Pelicans' own Davis hopes to lead West

Pelicans' own Davis hopes to lead West

On the heels of a rather tepid Saturday in New Orleans, can the NBA’s marquee talents bring the Smoothie King Center to life this evening?

The 66th annual All-Star Game will tip off at 8 p.m. ET, and handicappers are anticipating another barnburner. Online sports book Bovada.lv gives the Western Conference odds of -235 to emerge victorious, whereas Brad Stevens’ East squad represents a +195 underdog. It’s a tilt with, yes, a 353 over/under.

View NBA Futures Odds

Neither Eric Gordon’s victory in the 3-point contest nor Glenn Robinson III’s dunking exploits seemed to truly rev up the Big Easy last night. The best players in the world, however, have designs on changing that shortly. Stevens’ starting lineup features LeBron James, DeMar DeRozan, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving and Giannis Antetokounmpo. James, the leading vote-getter among fans, makes his 13th All-Star appearance.

Nobody on the West side boasts experience like that. Yet coach Steve Kerr’s array of elite scorers includes Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and hometown favorite Anthony Davis. Somewhat unfathomably, triple-double machine Russell Westbrook comes off the bench. Of the 12 individuals on the host club’s roster, eight set up shop in the frontcourt.

NBA Quick Links: Free Matchup Reports | Injuries | Odds Comparison | Scoreboard | Betting Trends

The 2016 showdown in Toronto produced a combined 369 points. While we’re not predicting a marked increase in defensive engagement, it seems almost absurd to bank on a second straight record offensive showing. One sure thing: Look for Davis’ teammates to force-feed him the ball down the stretch as the West pursues a third consecutive triumph in the series.

SUNDAY NBA FREE PICK: EAST ALL-STARS/WEST ALL-STARS UNDER 353 POINTS

Loading...

NBA Headlines

NBA Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Jazz vs. Lakers NBA Prediction The second game of Monday night’s NBA double header on ESPN takes place in L.A. where the banged-up Lakers will host the Jazz at 10:00 p.m. ET. Given the Jazz’ issues...
Thumbnail Warriors vs. 76ers NBA Prediction The first game of Monday night’s NBA double header on ESPN pits the Warriors against the 76ers at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Warriors have had issues covering against the...
Thumbnail Nets vs. Heat NBA Prediction The second game of Sunday’s ESPN NBA double header takes basketball fans to Miami where the Heat will host the Nets at 3:30 p.m. ET. The Nets have been a good ATS play...
Thumbnail Pelicans vs. Knicks NBA Prediction The first game of ESPN’s NBA double header takes place at Madison Square Garden on Sunday where the Knicks will host the Pelicans at 1:00 p.m. ET. What’s the best...
Thumbnail Warriors vs. Celtics NBA Prediction The ABC Saturday night matchup of the week in the NBA will take place in Boston where the Celtics will host the Warriors at 8:30 p.m. ET tonight. Will the Celtics...