The 2012 All-Star Game is set to kick off on Sunday night in Orlando, and we are going to make our NBA picks for the mid-season classic.
NBA Matchup: 2012 NBA All-Star Game
Date: Sunday, February 26th, 7:00 ET
Location: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
NBA Betting Odds: East All-Stars -3
NBA TV Schedule: TNT
This is going to be a heck of a battle this year, as there are always a lot of points that are scored on both sides. After all, how many other basketball games can you say feature over 280 points on a regular basis? We are truly blessed as basketball fans to see this much talent on the court at one time, because the talent level out there is just as good as we have arguably ever seen in the history of the NBA.
The Eastern Conference features a slew of players that have a heck of a lot of experience in this type of a game. LeBron James is clearly going to be the alpha dog, while his teammates, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade are sure to be on the court a lot as well. Dwight Howard is going to be the hometown hero for the time being, at least until he is sent out of town… but that’s a different story for a different day. Point guards in the East are out of this world with Wade, Deron Williams, Derrick Rose, and Rajon Rondo, and you can bet that the ball is going to be doing a whole heck of a lot of moving in very fast fashion with all of these stars on the court.
It’s not like the West is slacking this year either. At point guard, the team is a tad thin, as Chris Paul and Steve Nash are really the only two great distributors on the team. Kobe Bryant is always one of the favorites to be the MVP of the All-Star Game, because he is clearly going to take a slew of shots, and men like Kevin Love, Dirk Nowitzki, and LaMarcus Aldridge could be matchup nightmares for the Eastern bigs, as all three of these men can shoot it from anywhere on the court. Of course, Kevin Durant is worth mentioning as well, as he is always one of the best scorers in a game like this one.
In the end though, we trust the East’s point guards a heck of a lot more than the West. This game is about moving as quickly as possible and getting as many shots off as possible, and the players in the East just seem to be more conducive to getting shots off in a hurry than they are in the West. Defense will ,as always, be totally optional, but we just like the way that the East seemingly plays this game. It should win this one by at least a half dozen on Sunday night.
NBA All-Star Game Pick: Eastern Conference -3