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How to handle betting on the NBA All-Star Game

We go over the spread, over/under and moneyline for Sunday’s All-Star Game and how you should approach the lines on DraftKings Sportsbook.

Team Giannis forward Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks dunks the ball against Team LeBron forward LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2019 NBA All-Star Game at Spectrum Center. Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA All-Star Game is set to tip-off at 8 p.m. ET on TNT on Sunday night to close out the weekend in Chicago. As is true for most All-Star formats, it’s difficult to get a gauge on how to approach betting on the spread, moneyline and over/under total. While Team LeBron may appear to be stacked, remember, this is an ALL-STAR GAME. Both teams are stacked no matter which way you look at it. So let’s take a look at the odds on DraftKings Sportsbook and figure out a way to best approach betting.

NBA All-Star Game odds, point spread, moneyline, over/under total

Point Spread: Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis (+6.5)
Over/Under: Over 307.5 (-110)
Moneyline: Team LeBron (-230) vs. Team Giannis (+188)

At first glance, we can see that this isn’t your average spread for an All-Star Game. Normally when it’s East vs. West the spread is a bit shorter considering the teams are more balanced. In this case, it’s not exactly the same. Team LeBron has significantly more talent than Team Giannis given the way Antetokounmpo drafted. LeBron has Anthony Davis, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Ben Simmons, Kawhi Leonard, Luka Doncic, I mean, it’s kind of dumb, to be honest. Somebody should have stepped in and drafted for Giannis.

Still, I think there’s value in betting on the spread with Team Giannis. Again, it’s an All-Star Game. Anything is possible and if anything we could see Team Giannis actually play a little bit of defense and show some more competitiveness. Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler, Rudy Gobert, Giannis, all those guys are tough to play against and shouldn’t be overlooked. Let’s also not forget that Trae Young is on Team Giannis, so he gives them at least a guy who can fill it up. Getting this many points — in my mind — isn’t a bad way to go on the spread.

As for the O/U, the new format for the All-Star Game could impact what is normally a high-scoring event. The score resets after each of the first three quarters. In the fourth quarter, there’s no clock and whoever has the lead, needs to score 24 points in order to win. So with the fourth quarter scoring capped, it’s tough to see the OVER hitting in this scenario. I think the UNDER is the safe way to go.

With the moneyline, Team LeBron is without question the safer choice. LeBron’s teams have won in each of the past two All-Star Games, including last year when his squad defeated Giannis’ 178-164. If you look at the rosters from last season, it was a bit more even with Kawhi and Kyrie on Giannis’ team. But LeBron still had Stephen Curry, Harden, Russ, AD, Paul George, Damian Lilllard and Klay Thompson. LeBron has outdrafted Giannis in consecutive seasons, really. So if I’m banking on a team to win, it’s Team LeBron.

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