NBA All-Star Game 2013: Western Conference Will Continue Dominant Streak

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IFebruary 17, 2013

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Western Conference dunks against Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers and Roy Hibbert #55 of the Indiana Pacers (both) of the Eastern Conference during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game at the Amway Center on February 26, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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From the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, the Western Conference will be looking to make it three straight wins over the East when the 2013 NBA All-Star game tips off at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Last year's game saw Kevin Durant win the MVP, scoring 36 points and helping the West defeat the East, 152-149.

In 2011, the West took down the East 148-143 behind a double-double from Kobe Bryant, who scored 37 points and grabbed 14 boards.

This year, the West looks to have the edge again with the likes of Durant, Bryant and Chris Paul leading the way.

If you compare the matchups at each position, the only advantage the East has over the West is at power forward, where it looks like LeBron James will play against Blake Griffin.

Unless you live under a rock, I'm sure you know about the historic season James is putting together, scoring at least 30 points for seven consecutive games.

The East will be starting a true shooting guard in Dwyane Wade at point guard, while the West will feature arguably the best PG in the NBA in Chris Paul.

In the paint, an injury-riddled Dwight Howard will start for the West and will have the daunting task of containing Kevin Garnett, which isn't likely to happen given Howard's inconsistent play this year.

I'm also giving the edge to Kevin Durant over Carmelo Anthony, given Durant's performance in last year's All-Star game and his current standing as the NBA's leading scorer.

From top to bottom, the Western Conference has a deeper roster.

From electric bench guards like Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker and James Harden to dynamic big men like LaMarcus Aldridge and David Lee, the West is stacked all around.

That's not to take anything away from guys like Kyrie Irving and Paul George, but not only does the West have the better starting lineup, it has the better bench as well.

These two All-Star squads are relatively similar to the ones of 2011 and 2012 and we all know who came out on top in those two games.

LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony will be the key for the East, but against the staunch lineup of the West, they don't stand a chance.

The West makes it three years in a row on Sunday night.


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