Free 2011 NBA All Star Game Picks 2/20/11

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If you're a fan of NBA betting action, Sunday night's clash at the Staples Center is one that you won't want to miss! The best and brightest stars of the Eastern and Western Conferences match up in an exhibition that should be a ton of fun. Check out our 2011 free NBA All Star Game picks!

Matchup: East All Stars vs. West All Stars
Date: Sunday, February 20th, 8:00 ET
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
All Star Game Odds: East pk
Over/Under 264

East All Stars Notes: The Eastern Conference really has a complete team, starting with a ton of guards, all the way down to some of the best bigs that the game has to offer. Though there is plenty of All Star Game experience, there really isn't all that much in terms of true veterans that have been in this game time and time again. It's hard to think that Dwyane Wade is one of the elder statesmen of this club, but he is. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen have been here several times before, as has Kevin Garnett. These three will be joined by Rajon Rondo off of the bench as well, making four members of the Boston Celtics that are on this team. When you're looking at dominance in the paint, it doesn't get much better than the East. Sure, the West has some young guns, but Dwight Howard and Amare Stoudemire are about as dominating as it gets. It's also not all that bad to know that LeBron James and Wade will get their boards, and that Chris Bosh, Al Horford, and KG are all good for eight boards on a regular basis when they're playing with their regular teams. Derrick Rose is going to be a really sneaky man to watch, as he is one of the best scorers and assist men on this team. Rose is lethal from all over the court, and if there is a man that can really come out of nowhere to steal the show on one of the biggest stages of the season.

West All Stars Notes: If you want the big time names and the big time scorers though, you have to come to the Western Conference. Kevin Durant is the top scorer in the league at 28.9 points per game this season, and though he is slacking by his own standards, he is still capable of going off for 20+ even in a game with a ton of superstars. Of course, the men that are really going to be shining are the two major hosts of this event, LA Lakers' Kobe Bryant and LA Clippers' Blake Griffin. Bryant has been named MVP of the All Star Game three times before, and he has a great history in this event. This is the first time that he is going to be able to shine on his home court. Kobe is putting up 25.1 points per game for the season, and he is sure to be a hero. Griffin is going to be the big man in the middle quite a bit, and you never know what you are going to get out of him in terms of picture perfect dunks that rattle the backboards and the entire crowd. He's no joke though, pulling down 12.6 rebounds per game, ensuring that no one confuses him with a novelty. Of course, he's going to be joined on the inside by the veteran Tim Duncan, who is the most experienced player on either roster, Dirk Nowitzki, who has also won an All Star Game MVP in the past, and Kevin Love, the league's leading rebounder at 15.5 per game. Pau Gasol, who also is co-hosting this game with Griffin and Kobe. Of course, the underlying issue within the All Star Game is whether or not this will be the last time that Carmelo Anthony, now a member of the Denver Nuggets, is playing his last game as a representative of the Western Conference.

The Final Word: The oddsmakers are having a hard time figuring out which team to line as the favorite on the NBA odds, but we have a great idea that the Western Conference is winning this game. Kobe and company will just refuse to lose, and when you're talking about a team that really has a complete package full of veterans at a pick 'em against a ton of inexperienced players in terms of the All Star Game, that's the direction you need to go.

Free NBA All Star Game Picks: West All Stars

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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