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NBA All-Star Game 2014 Rosters: Starting Lineups, Reserves and Stat Predictions

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NBA All-Star Game 2014 Rosters: Starting Lineups, Reserves and Stat Predictions
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NBA All-Star Weekend's main event is the final spectacle scheduled before the regular season resumes, and the game's top superstars will be competing for the bragging rights associated with the All-Star Game.

The events of the previous nights have been entertaining to say the least. Team Hill defeated Team Webber in the Rising Stars Challenge, Team Bosh—Chris Bosh, Dominique Wilkins and Swin Cash—won the Sears Shooting Stars, Damian Lillard and Trey Burke won the NBA Skills Challenge representing the Western Conference, Marco Belinelli defeated Bradley Beal in a tiebreaker in the three-point contest and John Wall took home Dunker of the Night honors in the Slam Dunk Contest.

There's even more excitement ahead as the All-Star Weekend culminates with the All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 16. Look for the game's best players to shine and put on a show for the fans.

The following is a breakdown of the starters and reserves for both the East and the West, along with stat predictions for a few of the game's stars.

 

When: Sunday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET

Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans

Watch: TNT

 

Starters

NBA All-Star Game Starting Lineups
Eastern Conference Western Conference
Kyrie Irving, G (Cavaliers) Kobe Bryant, G (Lakers)#
Dwyane Wade, G (Heat) Stephen Curry, G (Warriors)*
Carmelo Anthony, F (Knicks) Kevin Durant, F (Thunder)
Paul George, F (Pacers) Blake Griffin, F (Clippers)
LeBron James, F (Heat) Kevin Love, F (Timberwolves)

*first-time selection, #injured and won't participate. Info via NBA.com

Before we really get into it, it's worth noting that Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden will be replacing Kobe Bryant in the starting lineup for the West. Bryant, injured, will obviously not be playing in the game.

At first glance, it's clear that the East have a bit of an advantage in that they boast a lineup containing LeBron James. The West, however, has won three straight All-Star Games, and the presence of James has not stopped them from being victorious.

It's hard not to love the starters from the West. Harden, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Kevin Love can all convert from deep (with regularity), and Blake Griffin is athletic enough inside to pick up their missed opportunities and flush it home.

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Griffin will play an important role as the the only "true" big man in the starting five. Love has a strong post game and is a good rebounder, but his ability to stretch the floor and open things up for the offense make him more of a stretch 4 than a true big man.

James will more than likely act as the East's center, so Griffin will have his work cut out for him. It will be interesting to see if we get any Griffin-James poster dunks.

Paul George has the chance to steal the show for the East. After competing in the dunk contest on Saturday, George is likely geared up and ready to go.

Should the East win, I wouldn't count George out of the MVP discussion.

 

Reserves

2014 NBA All-Star Game Reserves
Eastern Conference Western Conference
DeMar DeRozan, G (Raptors)* James Harden, G (Rockets)
Joe Johnson, G (Nets) Damian Lillard, G (Trail Blazers)*
John Wall, G (Wizards)* Tony Parker, G (Spurs)
Chris Bosh, F (Heat) Chris Paul, G (Clippers)
Paul Millsap, F (Hawks)* LaMarcus Aldridge, F (Trail Blazers)
Roy Hibbert, C (Pacers) Anthony Davis, F (Pelicans)*
Joakim Noah, C (Bulls) Dirk Nowitzki, F (Mavericks)
Dwight Howard, C (Rockets)

*first-time selection, #injured and won't participate. Info via NBA.com

The point guards coming off the bench for the West will cause fits for the East. Damian Lillard, Tony Parker and Chris Paul are all capable of running this team down the floor and picking up flashy assists. In fact, some of the best highlights from the night will likely be orchestrated by the aforementioned players.

DeMar DeRozan, Joe Johnson and John Wall of the East, by comparison, are more scorers than they are facilitators. While they're shooting jumpers, or in Wall's case, throwing down huge dunks, the West's trio of guards will be looking to pass first.

Whether or not that will give the West an advantage remains to be seen.

A battle I'm particularly looking forward to is the one that will happen between Roy Hibbert and Dwight Howard. Arguably the game's best two centers, Hibbert and Howard have very similar skill sets.

I'm hoping to see big plays above the rim from both of them, but I'm curious to find out which player will have the better numbers at the end of the day.

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A player to watch is Anthony Davis. Davis will be performing in front of his home crowd in New Orleans, and head coach Scott Brooks will be sure to give him quality minutes. As New Orleans' lone representative, Davis will shine for his city.

 

Stat Predictions

NBA All-Star Game Stat Predictions
Player Stats
LeBron James 28 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST
Paul George 24 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST
John Wall 16 PTS, 4 REB, 9 AST
Roy Hibbert 12 PTS, 15 REB, 2 AST
Kevin Durant 36 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST
Chris Paul 17 PTS, 4 REB, 13 AST
Anthony Davis 21 PTS, 12 REB, 3 AST
Blake Griffin 15 PTS, 16 REB, 4 AST

Kevin Durant will be the MVP of this one.

He has been simply phenomenal this season, averaging 31.5 points per night on 51 percent shooting (41 percent from three). As if that wasn't enough, Durant is also averaging 7.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.

Those are the type of numbers guys put up in the All-Star Game.

With shoddy defense and no pressure on him to carry the Oklahoma City Thunder, look for Durant to absolutely go off on the East.

 

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