The annual NBA All-Star Game takes place this evening at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tonight's star studded basketball showcase is scheduled to tip off at 8:00pm ET; coverage of the event will be provided by TNT. The latest odds to win the 2014 NBA All Star Game from 5Dimes have the Western Conference listed as a -4 against the spread favorite and the Over/Under set at 293 points.
The Western Conference will be chasing its fourth consecutive All Star Game victory when the action gets underway tonight, but, regardless of the outcome, it will still trail the East by a good margin in the series history.
The Eastern Conference, which has dropped the last three All Star contests by an average of 4.3 points per game, holds a 36-26 advantage over the West.
This year's All Star rosters, in addition to the game's location, would seemingly favor the Western Conference, hence the four point line. Starting for the West this evening are Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, James Harden, and Stephen Curry; LaMarcus Aldridge, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, Damian Lillard, Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, and Chris Paul will fill reserve roles.
The East's starting five are Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Dwyane Wade. Chris Bosh, DeMar DeRozan, Roy Hibbert, Joe Johnson, Paul Millsap, Joakim Noah, and John Wall fill out the remaining six positions for the Eastern Conference.
The Pacers' Frank Vogel and the Thunder's Scott Brooks will serve as coaches in tonight's game.
Odds to win the 2014 NBA All Star Game:
Eastern Conference All Stars +4 (-110), Over 293 (-110), +150 (Moneyline)
Western Conference All Stars -4 (-110), Under 293 (-110), -170 (Moneyline)
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