The NBA has turned All-Star weekend into a more competitive, "my side is better than your side" event, pitting the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference during the Saturday night skills competitions.
It's an attempt to make the weekend more competitive rather than the goof-off festival that it has been over the course of the past few seasons.
Rather than relying on an endless array of props and gimmicks to keep our attention, the league is hoping that there will be players getting more into the competitions in an attempt to win glory and more money donated to charity for their conference.
It's going to be interesting to see how this all ends up playing out, but it seems like there will be a bit more intrigue laced into the game.
In order to figure out exactly which conference is superior in more ways than the Saturday night competitions will tell us, let's take a look at how the two sides stack up against each other across the board.