NBA All-Star Game 2013: Which Starting Lineup Has the Edge?

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NBA All-Star Game 2013: Which Starting Lineup Has the Edge?
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The NBA All-Star Game may be a yearly exhibition that carries less weight than a paper clip, but it's arguable that this is the only contest where the fans have a real and noticeable impact.

As they do every season, the fans chose the starters for the Eastern and Western Conference teams that will do battle on Sunday in Houston. Among those players are four from the two Los Angeles teams in the West and a bevy from a certain championship-hoisting team in South Beach.

Though oftentimes controversial due to the popularity contest-like results, there are very few who can argue with this year's results. Each of the two backcourt and three frontcourt spots are filled with top-tier players on both sides, which could make this a pretty close game.

As for whether the East or West has the overall advantage coming into Sunday, that requires a deep delve into the individual matchups on the floor. 

Due to Erik Spoelstra's fun exercise in nepotism—starting Chris Bosh in place of Rajon Rondo instead of Kyrie Irving or Jrue Holiday—we're going to have to make some assumptions about the Eastern Conference's traditional "positions." But because positions and defense matter about as much as health consciousness does at McDonald's, it really won't matter all that much.

So with that in mind, here is a complete breakdown of each positional battle in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game

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