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The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina tonight, showcasing 26 of the league’s biggest stars in an exciting exhibition match. For the second straight year, the NBA elected to buck the traditional East vs. West format and instead build out the rosters based on a captain’s draft. LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had garnered the most All-Star votes in their respective conferences, were chosen to lead up the two squads, alternating picks from a pool of starters selected by the fans and reserves that were picked by the coaches. For the first time ever, the draft was televised live, which added an extra layer of intrigue to the event.
Now that the draft is in the rear-view, oddsmakers clearly believe that LeBron wound up with a better collection of talent. The Los Angeles Lakers star’s group opened as a 6.5-point favorite to win tonight, which isn’t surprising given the sheer amount of veteran stars up and down the lineup. James’ starting five features three reigning MVPs in Finals MVP Kevin Durant—LeBron’s first overall selection in back-to-back All-Star drafts— league MVP James Harden and All-Star MVP in himself, plus all-world talent Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving in the other two spots. That’s a tough group to stop, although Giannis’ crew will surely put up a fight. Aside from the Milwaukee Bucks superstar, the team boasts Joel Embiid, Paul George, Steph Curry and Kemba Walker in its starting five and was built to be a more defensive-minded unit.
Those looking to check out the rest of the rosters, as well as odds for each of these players to become the contest’s Most Valuable Player have found the right spot. Keep reading for a full list of All-Star MVP prop betting lines, as well as the complete schedule, start time, TV and live stream viewing info, updated odds and more for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game. You can also find predictions on the outcome of the matchup and an MVP pick from pro handicapper Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com.
2019 NBA All-Star Game Schedule And Odds
|Time (ET) / TV||Event||Odds||Total|
|Sunday, Feb. 17|
|8 p.m. (TNT)||All-Star Game||LeBron -6.5||300|
NBA All-Star Game live stream via TNTDrama.com / WatchTNT app.
NBA All-Star Game odds courtesy of BetDSI Sportsbook
NBA All-Star Game 2019 Rosters And Participants
|F||Kevin Durant||Golden State Warriors|
|F||LeBron James||Los Angeles Lakers|
|F/G||Kawhi Leonard||Toronto Raptors|
|G||James Harden||Houston Rockets|
|G||Kyrie Irving||Boston Celtics|
|F/C||Anthony Davis||New Orleans Pelicans|
|G||Klay Thompson||Golden State Warriors|
|G||Damian Lillard||Portland Trail Blazers|
|G||Ben Simmons||Philadelphia 76ers|
|F/C||LaMarcus Aldridge||San Antonio Spurs|
|C||Karl-Anthony Towns||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|G||Bradley Beal||Washington Wizards|
|G||Dwyane Wade||Miami Heat|
|Head coach: Michael Malone (Denver Nuggets)|
|C||Joel Embiid||Philadelphia 76ers|
|F||Giannis Antetokounmpo||Milwaukee Bucks|
|F/G||Paul George||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|G||Stephen Curry||Golden State Warriors|
|G||Kemba Walker||Charlotte Hornets|
|G||Khris Middleton||Milwaukee Bucks|
|C||Nikola Jokic||Denver Nuggets|
|G||Russell Westbrook||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|F||Blake Griffin||Detroit Pistons|
|G||D’Angelo Russell||Brooklyn Nets|
|C||Nikola Vucevic||Orlando Magic|
|G||Kyle Lowry||Toronto Raptors|
|F/C||Dirk Nowitzki||Dallas Mavericks|
|Head coach: Mike Budenholzer (Milwaukee Bucks)|
2019 NBA All-Star Game MVP Odds
NBA All-Star Game 2019 Tweets
ESPN Stats & Info found that LeBron James is set to tie Kobe Bryant for most starts in NBA All-Star Game history tonight:
Team LeBron faces Team Giannis in the NBA All-Star Game tonight.
It will be LeBron James’ 15th straight All-Star start, the most consecutive starts in ASG history (h/t @EliasSports).
Kobe Bryant (15) is the only player with as many total All-Star starts as LeBron. pic.twitter.com/lNazNt1zVy
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 17, 2019
Shane Coleman pointed out that the two representatives from the Philadelphia 76ers in this game will be competing against one another:
Tonight instead of being teammates , Ben Simmons & Joel Embiid will face off against each other as #TeamLebron takes on #TeamGiannis in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game tonight at 8pm E.T. on TNT. #Sixers pic.twitter.com/0Lyx5pA5lF
— Shane Coleman (@ShaneColemanNBA) February 17, 2019
Nick Paulenich dug up a paper ballot for the 1997 NBA All-Star Game to show how much the voting process—which is done mostly online now—has changed over the last two decades:
How #NBAAllstar voting has changed. A paper ballot from 1996-97. Sidenote: This was the ballot for the 1997 NBA All-Star game held in Cleveland that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the league. pic.twitter.com/T8iclnMNxR
— Nick Paulenich (@npaulenich) February 17, 2019
Eric Alper highlighted one of the quintessential NBA All-Star moments in Marvin Gaye’s rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner:
On this day in 1983, Marvin Gaye performs “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the NBA All-Star Game.
Just watch. DAMN. pic.twitter.com/e25W2xJsnp
— Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) February 13, 2019
The official NBA All-Star Game account revealed unique Twitter emojis for every player in tonight’s contest:
The #TeamLeBron #NBAAllStar hashtag emojis#LeBronJames #KevinDurant#JamesHarden#KyrieIrving#KawhiLeonard#LaMarcusAldridge #BradleyBeal #AnthonyDavis#DamianLillard#BenSimmons#KlayThompson#KarlAnthonyTowns#DwyaneWade pic.twitter.com/bR6KWboGa1
— 2019 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) February 17, 2019
The #TeamGiannis #NBAAllstar hashtag emojis#GiannisAntetokounmpo#StephenCurry#JoelEmbiid#PaulGeorge#KembaWalker#BlakeGriffin#NikolaJokic#KyleLowry#KhrisMiddleton#DirkNowitzki#VictorOladipo#DAngeloRussell#NikolaVucevic#RussellWestbrook pic.twitter.com/5FeTsazlZj
— 2019 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) February 17, 2019
NBA All-Star Game 2019 Quotes
All quotes courtesy of ASAP Sports
Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker spoke about what it means to have the All-Star Game in his franchise’s home city:
It’s amazing. I’m happy everyone is here. I’m really happy to be home. Welcome everybody into this city. Everybody’s getting a chance to see it. I’m getting a lot of good feedback about the city. That’s what I like to hear. A lot of guys telling me, “This is my first time in Charlotte. I didn’t know how cool it was.” So I’m really excited to hear that.
Dallas Mavericks veteran Dirk Nowitzki admitted he won’t be much help defensively for Giannis’ team, but thinks he can make an impact on offense:
I can’t help much on the defensive end. I’m glad [Antetokounmpo] drafted a defensive team. Hopefully, I can make a three or two. We’ll go from there. Obviously, I’m not going to play that much. This is more about the players that were voted here. I’m just here to enjoy, and I’m very appreciative of the opportunity to be on that stage again.
Lakers future Hall of Famer LeBron James was asked about his feelings on the squad he chose to compete in the All-Star Game:
There’s a sense of pride every time you’re competing, and like you said, I got the opportunity to hand-select my team. There is a sense of pride. I know we all saw the way the game was last year, and we’re going to try to top it. Hopefully, it can come down to the wire, like it did last year, but we’ll see. We’ll see what happens.
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo discussed what it means to be a captain in the All-Star Game along with LeBron:
It’s crazy. Before I came into the league, I was looking up to [LeBron]. Right now I was in the locker room, and I was sharing a meal with Team Giannis. Like I’m leading the All-Star team. You know, picking teams with LeBron James. If you told me that six years ago, I would never, never, never thought I would be in this position right now.
Steph Curry, two-time league MVP from the Golden State Warriors, talked about what it’s like to compete in an All-Star Game hosted in the area where he was raised:
It means a lot. It’s kind of overwhelming, to be honest. From the time I got here Thursday morning to now, I’m just kind of trying to get as much in as I can. Got to be like the Energizer Bunny, fight this fatigue, and just have as many experiences as I can and see some familiar faces, some familiar sights. I’ve played countless games in this building growing up, high school, AAU-type stuff. It’s pretty awesome to be back here representing Charlotte the way I know how.
NBA All-Star Game 2019 Predictions
Against The Spread Pick: Team Giannis +6.5
Most Valuable Player Pick: Russell Westbrook +1200