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NBA All Star Weekend 2012 Schedule: Dates, Predictions and Event Info
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The NBA All-Star Game is just around the corner, and the marquee battle between the best of the East and West isn't the only event worth watching.

It's a jam-packed weekend with plenty of exciting contests and NBA superstars. 

Keep reading to find out what's going on, where to watch it and who is involved.

 

NBA ALL-STAR GAME

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Obviously, this event highlights the weekend. We will see the best players from the best teams going head to head in an exciting exhibition game. 

 

When: Sunday, February 26 at 8 p.m. EDT

Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FL

Watch: TNT

 

Rosters

Western Conference

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Starters

Chris Paul

Kobe Bryant

Kevin Durant

Blake Griffin

Andrew Bynum

 

Reserves

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LaMarcus Aldridge

Marc Gasol

Kevin Love

Steve Nash

Dirk Nowitzki

Tony Parker

Russell Westbrook

 

Coach

Scott Brooks

 

Eastern Conference

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Starters

Derrick Rose

Dwyane Wade

LeBron James

Carmelo Anthony

Dwight Howard

 

Reserves

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Chris Bosh

Luol Deng

Roy Hibbert

Andre Iguodala 

Joe Johnson

Paul Pierce

Deron Williams

 

Coach

Tom Thibodeau

 

Prediction

Both teams are stacked with talent, but the West has some of the greatest players in the game and a number of NBA Finals winners.

Look for this game to be close until the end, with either Kobe or Dirk hitting a big shot to win the game.

 

NBA ALL-STAR SATURDAY NIGHT

Shooting Stars Competition

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Teams

 

Atlanta: Joe Johnson, Lindsey Harding, Steve Smith

Texas: Chandler Parsons, Sophia Young, Kenny Smith

Orlando: Jameer Nelson, Marie Ferdinand-Harris, Dennis Scott

New York: Landry Fields, Cappie Pondexter, Allan Houston

 

Prediction

New York is going to take this. Landry, Allan and Cappie are just too good.

They are all great shooters and will not lose this competition.

 

Three-Point Contest

 

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Contestants 

James Jones

Ryan Anderson

Mario Chalmers

Joe Johnson

Anthony Morrow

Kevin Love

 

Prediction

Anthony Morrow is an absolute marksman from long range. He's made 44.2 percent of his shots from deep over his career and found a niche in this league as a sniper. 

Look for him to outshoot the competition easily in this contest. 

 

Slam Dunk Contest

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Contestants

Iman Shumpert

Chase Budinger

Paul George

Derrick Williams

 

Prediction

Chase Budinger will throw down the nastiest dunk, but Iman Shumpert will win with the new format.

Fans vote and there is only one round, plus Shump has Jeremy Lin on his side. 

There's no way he loses unless he completely misses his jam.

 

RISING STARS CHALLENGE

Team Shaq

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Blake Griffin

Jeremy Lin

Ricky Rubio

Greg Monroe

Markieff Morris

Kemba Walker

Landry Fields

Norris Cole

Brandon Knight

Tristan Thompson

 

Coaches

Ron Adams, Steve Kerr, Shaquille O'Neal

 

Team Chuck

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Kyrie Irving

DeMarcus Cousins

Paul George

Derrick Williams

MarShon Brooks

John Wall

Gordon Hayward

Tiago Splitter

Kawhi Leonard

Evan Turner

 

Coaches

Maurice Cheeks, Mike Fratello, Charles Barkley

 

Prediction

It's going to be an epic game, but Team Chuck will win because of one man; John Wall. 

He was spurned and selected after Kyrie Irving, Ricky Rubio and Jeremy Lin as a point guard.

Last year, he put up 22 assists in this game and absolutely dominated it, expect no less in this game. 

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