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Stephen Curry wins 2022 NBA All-Star Game MVP with 50-point performance

We recap the entire 2022 NBA All-Star Game race to the MVP award.

Stephen Curry #30 of Team LeBron dribbles the ball in the first half during the 2022 NBA All-Star Game at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on February 20, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

The 2022 NBA All-Star Game is Sunday night in Cleveland. Perhaps the most underrated market to bet on all year (in all sports) is NBA ASG MVP. We’ve got Team LeBron vs. Team Durant II in what should be another lopsided win for King James’ squad.

LeBron’s side is stacked with Nikola Jokic, Luka Doncic, Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Not to mention DeMar DeRozan, Chris Paul and Jimmy Butler. Team KD will feature, well, no Kevin Durant. They will have Joel Embiid, Ja Morant, LaMelo Ball and Devin Booker.

Below we’re going to be tracking player performances from the All-Star Game as superstars try and capture the Kobe Bryant Most Valuable Player award.

2022 NBA All-Star Game MVP odds, live updates

UPDATE — Stephen Curry is your 2022 NBA All-Star Game MVP! We recap the entire night and race toward the MVP award. Curry was as high as 9/1 to win the award and closed at 10/1 before tip-off. If you scroll all the way down, Curry was one of my five bets tonight to win MVP, so if you tailed, congrats, we all won some money tonight!

FINAL UPDATE — OMG! WHAT A FINISH! LeBron James just knocked down a game-winner to give his team the 163-160 victory over Team Durant in the All-Star Game. Curry finishes with 50 points and fails to break AD’s record of 52 points in an ASG. Embiid got up to 36 points and 10 rebounds. The ASG MVP award will either go to LeBron or Curry. James hits the game-winner but Curry put on a show all night. We’ll see what happens.

Update, 10:47 p.m. — It’s 151-150 in favor of Team LeBron and Curry is 2 points away from tying AD’s record for most points in an ASG. All he needs to do is hit one more 3-pointer, but he’s also running out of points with the target score approaching. This is getting interesting.

Update, 10:42 p.m. — Curry is up to 48 points and the target score for the quarter is 163. Team LeBron has come out hot, but both teams are playing hard. This should be a ton of fun. Curry is at 16-of-22 from downtown, which is just nuts. Reggie Miller mentioned on the broadcast whether or not anyone on a losing team has won ASG MVP. This may be the time we see it.

Third quarter update — The third quarter ended in a 45-45 tie, so the charities split the money. The combined score is 139-138 in favor of Team Durant, so they’ve got a one-point advantage to hit the magic number of 24. This is why the format change is awesome. We should see both sides competing pretty hard in the final quarter to try and get the W. Curry is still the front-runner for MVP with 45 points. If Team LeBron pulls it off, he’s a shoe-in. Curry may even win if Team Durant wins. Embiid has 29 points, but no one on that side has really blown anybody away.

Update, 10:28 p.m. — Curry should win this. Even if Team LeBron doesn’t win the game, you’d think 45 points with time left in the third quarter, no way anyone catches Curry. If he stays this hot he has an outside shot at 60, maybe even more points than that. This would be a historic type of ASG performance. So at this point it’s Curry’s award to lose.

Update, 10:20 p.m. — Right now, it may be a two-man race. Curry has 39 points and if Team LeBron wins, there’s no way Steph doesn’t get ASG MVP. If Team Durant can hang tight and Embiid can keep going, he’s got 29 and would be the likely pick from that side. Embiid was 7/1 while Curry was 10/1 on DKSB to win the award.

Update, 10:15 p.m. — One of the things I mentioned this weekend when looking at the market was Steph’s line and narrative. We know he can light it up whenever he wants. That’s exactly what’s happening right now. He’s got 39 points and 13 made 3-pointers. Curry hasn’t won ASG MVP in his career and it has to be something he’s thought about adding to his resume.

Update, 10:13 p.m. — So the third quarter is underway and let’s just refresh the odds before tip-off from DKSB. Below are the odds shortly before tip-off, though it’s worth noting Morant had jumped Giannis and LeBron before the game started.

Giannis Antetokounmpo +450
LeBron James +450
Ja Morant +500
Joel Embiid +700
Stephen Curry +1000
Luka Doncic +1100
DeMar DeRozan +1200
Trae Young +1800
Jayson Tatum +2200
Devin Booker +2500
Nikola Jokic +2500
Donovan Mitchell +4000
Chris Paul +4000
LaMelo Ball +4500
Jimmy Butler +5000
Karl-Anthony Towns +5000
Darius Garland +6000
Zach LaVine +6000
Andrew Wiggins +8000
Fred VanVleet +9000
Khris Middleton +9000
Dejounte Murray +10000
Rudy Gobert +12000
Jarrett Allen +12000

Halftime update — Team Durant won the second quarter 49-46 and take a 1-point lead in the overall score heading into halftime over Team LeBron. We’ll run down the stats and then go over how the ASG MVP landscape looks after two quarters. The game is going to be close, so I doubt winning team matters much for MVP.

Leading scorers at half

Curry (10/1) — 24 points
Embiid (7/1) — 17 points
Booker (25/1) — 16 points
LeBron (5/1) — 13 points, 4 assists, 2 steals
Giannis (5/1) — 12 points, 5 rebounds
Jokic (25/1) — 8 points, 6 boards, 5 assists

Those are your top players in terms of stats through the first half. Curry is the favorite to win ASG MVP at this point. He set the record for most 3-pointers in a half in the All-Star Game with 8. Embiid isn’t too far behind him but may not be able to keep up with Curry. Booker and James are still in it and Giannis can also take over with a flurry of dunks. Jokic is the only player on triple-double watch. It’s worth noting Trae Young has 8 assists as well.

Update, 9:12 p.m. — Morant may not have the stats so far but he’s got the crowd. Ja has had the two most memorable highlights in the game so far with another alley-oop dunk from Trae Young. Those two dunks are his only baskets. It’ll take more than that to win ASG MVP, but if Morant has a few more insane dunks, maybe he wins over the voters? It’s farfetched.

Update, 9:11 p.m. — Curry heat check! He’s got 18 points and has hit three quick shots from outside to take the scoring lead from Booker. LaMelo is up to 10 points as well and LeBron has 11 points.

Update, 9:03 p.m. — Book has heated up in the second quarter with 16 points to lead all scorers for Team Durant. LaMelo Ball has also checked into the game and has made a few nice plays. Darius Garland is carrying Team LeBron early in the second with the bench in there. He’s got 10 points off the bench. So Garland and Booker are a few long-shot odds that are in good shape. We’ll see the starters get back in there soon enough, though. Team Durant is up 20-17 early in the second quarter.

First quarter update — Team LeBron wins the first quarter 47-45. So they have a two-point margin, which will come into play later on. It also means Team LeBron’s charity of choice gets $100K. Here are some point totals on each side to track ASG MVP.

Team Durant

Embiid — 11 points
Booker — 9 points
Morant — 2 points, 2 assists

Team LeBron

LeBron — 9 points
Giannis — 8 points
Doncic — 6 points
Curry — 6 points
DeRozan — 6 points
Jokic — 5 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists

Update, 8:51 p.m. — Doncic is in there and just banged two 3’s! We’re back in business!

Update, 8:45 p.m. — It’s worth noting that we’re almost done with the first quarter and Doncic hasn’t checked into the game. Kind of hurts his odds to win ASG MVP big time at 11/1. Can cross him off the list of bets below. Feels bad. Maybe he’ll get in there and play most of the second quarter? Who knows. We’re at another TV timeout and Team Durant is up 43-41. Booker has 7 points off the bench so far, which is looking good with him at 25/1.

Update, 8:43 p.m. — Embiid is up to 11 points and the TNT crew says he’s got that look in his eye like he wants to win ASG MVP. He’s the favorite to win regular-season MVP at the break. Embiid was +700 on DKSB entering the game to win ASG MVP.

Update, 8:35 p.m. — We’re at our first TV timeout and Embiid is leading all scorers with 7 points. Ja Morant had a pretty insane alley-oop reverse dunk and we could see more of that throughout the night. Jokic is vulturing all the boards from Giannis, which could become a factor later on. LeBron has 4 points and an assist. Curry is up to 6 points as Team LeBron leads 23-18.

Update, 8:29 p.m. — The game is about to start and Morant has jumped LeBron and Giannis to be ASG MVP at +400 right before the market was taken down after tip-off. It should be a great competition for the award. Giannis is already working out there.

Pre-game update — We’ve got a few developments. Donovan Mitchell (illness) was ruled out prior to game time for Team LeBron. Chris Paul is also not expected to play much tonight and will miss 6-8 weeks due to a fracture in his thumb. So that’s Team LeBron down two bodies. It helps Butler’s chances of playing more and having an outside shot at ASG MVP. Garland is also in that group. We could just see LeBron’s starters play a ton as well. That would mean more Giannis, Steph, DeRozan and Jokic.

Before the game gets going, let’s look at the ever-changing market on DraftKings Sportsbook for ASG MVP. Here’s the full list of odds. I’ll go over some of the plays I’ve got for the game.

These odds are as of this afternoon and we’ll see what the movement looks like before the game starts. Morant has been the most bet on player to win ASG MVP and as a result, his odds have jumped up as high as +500. Those have gone back down as you can see.

History is against Giannis repeating as ASG MVP. If anyone can shake the trend, it’s probably him. LeBron has a ton of narrative on his side with the game being in Cleveland. He can also tie Kobe and Bob Pettit for most ASG MVPs at four for his career.

Here are my plays for tonight (odds when bet was placed, not current):

LeBron +600
Curry +900
Doncic +1100
Booker +2500
LaMelo +4000

I talked myself into the LeBron narrative against my better judgement. James and the Lakers are struggling. This is a much needed break for him and his team is stacked. There’s definitely a clear path to a triple-double and it’s LeBron, so he’ll always have the edge when it comes to voting.

Curry and Doncic feel undervalued in this format. Doncic has been quiet through two All-Star Games. Maybe he just doesn’t care as much or maybe this is the year he breaks out. Curry had 28 points in 22 minutes in 2021 and probably would have won ASG MVP had it not been for Giannis scoring 35. All Steph would have to do to win is outscore everyone, which doesn’t seem that crazy.

My two long shot bets are Book and Melo. The Suns went into the ASB scorching hot and Booker can fill it up. We know how much Booker looked up to Kobe Bryant and I’m sure the Suns guard would love to honor his hero by winning ASG MVP. Just knowing Booker is the type of player who will “go for it” in his game is encouraging at 25/1.

As for Melo, he’s just super flashy. He’s also the type who will go into tonight wanting to put on a show and let everyone know he always belonged in this game. That semi-chip on the shoulder mentality coupled with Melo’s offensive game in a non-defense exhibition forced me to sprinkle a bit at long odds.

Giannis Antetokounmpo +450
LeBron James +450
Ja Morant +500
Joel Embiid +700
Stephen Curry +1000
Luka Doncic +1100
DeMar DeRozan +1200
Trae Young +1800
Jayson Tatum +2200
Devin Booker +2500
Nikola Jokic +2500
Donovan Mitchell +4000
Chris Paul +4000
LaMelo Ball +4500
Jimmy Butler +5000
Karl-Anthony Towns +5000
Darius Garland +6000
Zach LaVine +6000
Andrew Wiggins +8000
Fred VanVleet +9000
Khris Middleton +9000
Dejounte Murray +10000
Rudy Gobert +12000
Jarrett Allen +12000

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