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NBA All-Star Game preview: Odds, picks, predictions, injuries, TV & more

The 73rd edition of the NBA’s All-Star game is set to take place in Indianapolis on Sunday night, with the sport’s biggest names taking the court at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. 

In a return to the old format, the advent of captains picking their squads from a pool of players voted in by media and fans in a draft style has been ditched, as the 2024 game will see a classic East vs. West showdown for the first time since 2017. 

The Elam Ending format has also been removed, meaning teams will now play for four full quarters rather than racing to a target in the last period as they have in the previous four years. 

Milwaukee Bucks coach Doc Rivers will lead the East with a squad containing the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jayson Tatum, while Chris Finch of the Minnesota Timberwolves will be in charge of LeBron James, Nikola Jokic, Kevin Durant and the rest of the West roster. 

It promises to be another action-packed night with plenty of stars on show and we have you covered with our breakdown of the key matchups in Indiana, our three best picks for the event and everything else you need to know ahead of Sunday’s NBA All-Star game. 

Read more: 2024 NBA All-Star Game dates, schedule, rosters & more

NBA All-Star Game Odds

West-140 ML
East+120 ML
SpreadWest -2.5 
Total PointsO/U 365.5

NBA All-Star Game Information

WhereGainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
When8:00 PM ET, Sunday, February 18
How to watchTNT

Eastern Conference Injury Report

Joel Embiid: Knee, out
Julius Randle: Shoulder, out

Western Conference Injury Report

Kawhi Leonard: Adductor, unknown

NBA All-Star Game Picks & Predictions

West -2.5 (-110)

Joel Embiid is a huge miss for the East as the Philadelphia 76ers star looked set for a second consecutive Regular Season MVP award prior to his injury last month. 

His replacement Bam Adebayo is suitable, but may struggle to contain the West’s center Nikola Jokic, which could be the key factor in splitting the two well-matched teams. 

The West can also call on the wealth of experience in their ranks through 20-time All-Star LeBron James as well as Steph Curry and Kevin Durant and their nous combined with the explosive scoring ability of young guards Anthony Edwards and Luka Doncic could lead to a heavy defeat for the East. 

Under 365.5 points (-110)

With both playoff positioning in each conference still in the balance, it is unlikely that many players will be giving this contest their full efforts. 

There are 11 teams in the East and 12 in the West who are firmly in the playoff picture and with so many stars set to take to the court in Indiana, we are unlikely to see them at the peak of their powers and a low-scoring affair - by All-Star standards at least - should be expected. 

None of the last six All-Star games have gone over 360 points and taking the under line of 365.5 could pay dividends. 

Luka Doncic to be named MVP (+1600)

One player who could make an impact, though, is Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic. 

The Slovenian star has been in red-hot form this season and his ability to score points at a rapid rate in any given game - which was shown in full when he amassed 73 against the Hawks last month - should not be underestimated. Plus, he's +950 to reach 25 points in the game.

The last four All-Star games have seen a first-time MVP named and Doncic could be the man that sees that run extend to five in Indianapolis. 

NBA All-Star Game MVP odds

Giannis Antetokounmpo+600
LeBron James+700
Jayson Tatum+800
Stephen Curry+800
Anthony Edwards+1000
Damian Lillard+1000
Kevin Durant+1000
Tyrese Haliburton+1000
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander+1200
Devin Booker+1400

NBA All-Star Game matchups to watch

Jayson Tatum vs. LeBron James

Our first matchup in focus is a battle between two All-Star record holders. 

Jayson Tatum holds the record for most points in an All-Star game, having scored 55 in last year’s contest, but may have a tough time replicating that feat against LeBron James, the player with the most All-Star selections in history. 

Tatum is averaging 27.1 points per game for the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics this season and will be keen to shine on the biggest stage again while James will be hoping to put his LA Lakers’ struggles behind him and enjoy a much-needed break. 

Expect the two to put on a show. 

Bam Adebayo vs. Nikola Jokic

With Joel Embiid injured, it is down to his replacement Bam Adebayo to stop Nikola Jokic from dominating this game. 

Jokic is averaging 26.1 points, 12 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game for the Denver Nuggets this season and is in the running for a third Regular Season MVP award in four years as he continues to control games with his exceptional court vision and scoring ability. 

However, the Heat’s Adebayo is an exceptional defender and could keep the Serbian star at least somewhat quiet to give the underdog East a fighting chance of taking the win in Indianapolis. 

Tyrese Haliburton v Luka Doncic

There will be fans in the crowd who are supporters of every team in the NBA and every player on the court, but no All-Star will have more people chanting his name on Sunday than Tyrese Haliburton, the Indiana Pacers’ main man. 

Haliburton is leading the league in assists this season with 11.7 per game and is a rightful All-Star starter and will be keen to put on a show in front of the home crowd, although he will be preoccupied with containing Luka Doncic for large parts of the game. 

Dallas Mavericks star Doncic has been exceptional this season - averaging a ridiculous 34.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game - and recently posted a 73-point game against the Atlanta Hawks. 

Both young stars will be keen to shine and will be key to their team's respective chances of winning the game.

NBA All-Star Game Stats

The West won six of the last seven games prior to the format change.

None of the last six All-Star games have gone over 360 points.

There has been a first-time MVP in each of the last four All-Star games.

Jayson Tatum’s 55 points in last year’s game was the highest total ever scored in an All-Star Game.

Head-to-Head

Only counting games before the format changed from conference-based teams to captains:

Western Conference37 wins
Eastern Conference29 wins

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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