How To Bet On NBA All Star Game

Betting on the NBA All-Star Game can be daunting. Spreads, moneylines and over/unders vary, and it’s impossible to predict how hard the league’s stars will be playing. Still, if you know the stars, understand their history with the All-Star Game and figure out how the Western Conference’s and Eastern Conference’s rosters stack up against one another, you’re well on your way to making bets that you can feel good about. [+]

One thing to keep in mind on this front is player milestones. The 2016 All-Star tilt, for example, was Kobe Bryant’s last, so you knew he was going to play extra hard. Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs made his first All-Star appearance that same year, so you knew he would play hard as well. That kind of information can help you craft your individual prop bets, such as whether Player X will score Y points or assist on Z baskets.

Another thing to consider is past performances. Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook, for instance (West), historically go all out for these exhibitions, whereas guys like Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James (East) have been more prone to taking it easy. This information not only helps you bet on player peformances; it lets you know that, in this case, the Western Conference has an overall advantage.

Who's in NBA All Star game

Knowing who’s in the All-Star game is the most important step to effective betting. For those who aren’t already schooled in the nuances of All-Star rosters, the below widget will help you keep track of personnel, essentially telling you who to research before placing any wagers.

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# team P W L + - %
EC - Atlantic Division
1 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 57 41 16 6376 5892 0.719
2 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 59 40 19 6085 5878 0.678
3 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 55 30 25 5912 5803 0.545
4 New York Knicks New York Knicks 59 23 36 6116 6260 0.390
5 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 59 19 40 6217 6468 0.322
EC - Central Division
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 56 34 22 6170 6159 0.607
2 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 58 33 25 6193 6117 0.569
3 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 57 32 25 5962 5964 0.561
4 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 57 28 29 5893 5899 0.491
5 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 57 20 37 5890 6226 0.351
EC - Southeast Division
1 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 57 33 24 6123 6015 0.579
2 Miami Heat Miami Heat 58 30 28 5830 5882 0.517
3 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 57 24 33 6043 6078 0.421
4 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 57 18 39 6016 6256 0.316
5 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 59 18 41 6116 6360 0.305
WC - Northwest Division
1 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 61 36 25 6694 6515 0.590
2 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 59 33 26 6289 6088 0.559
3 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 58 32 26 6256 6196 0.552
4 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 58 32 26 6090 6029 0.552
5 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 58 30 28 6002 5897 0.517
WC - Pacific Division
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 58 44 14 6719 6249 0.759
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 56 30 26 6046 5995 0.536
3 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 57 23 34 6114 6282 0.404
4 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 57 18 39 5626 6084 0.316
5 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 59 18 41 6129 6657 0.305
WC - Southwest Division
1 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 57 44 13 6504 6007 0.772
2 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 59 35 24 5993 5811 0.593
3 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 57 31 26 6345 6336 0.544
4 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 56 18 38 5554 5762 0.321
5 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 58 18 40 5920 6058 0.310

NBA All Star Game Highlights 2016

Lack Of Defence

One of the most understatedly important aspects of All-Star betting is the game’s notorious lack of defense. All-Star matchups are, first and foremost, playground exhibitions meant to entertain the fans.

Defense is seldom played in the name of putting on a good show, unless the contest gets close, in which case you’ll see more and more players lock down on the less-glamorous end to help their team squeak out the rights to an entire year’s worth of bragging rights.

For the most part, though, the game assumes a “defense is optional stance,” and nowadays, players tend to exploit that flexibility over and over again. They don’t want to risk unnecessary injury in a game that doesn’t count toward the standings, and the era of Twitter and Vine has given them an incentive not to end up on the wrong side of a highlight.

Because of this, it’s always a good idea to bet the over on All-Star games. Scoring records appear to be set every year during this generation of hoops, and as the defensive efforts in this meaningless dance continue to deterioate, that’s not going to change anytime soon. This, in turn, is something to keep in mind whenever betting on an All-Star event.