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NBA All-Star Game 2016: TV Schedule, Odds, Rosters and Predictions

February 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Western Conference guard Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder (0) dunks during the second quarter of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game against the Eastern Conference at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2016

An entire weekend of festivities will culminate in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, featuring a wide variety of players who can create a memorable event.

The exhibition will feature the best players the league has to offer this season including Stephen Curry, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, although the fun goes beyond just them.

Veterans such as Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade might not be having their best years, but as true superstars they will remain fan favorites and are always a threat to put up big numbers. Conversely, younger stars like Andre Drummond and Anthony Davis represent the future of the sport, while Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green will finally get the recognition they deserve.

These men will go back to their teams next week—many of them falling back out of the spotlight on losing squads—but this weekend provides one opportunity to see the most exciting players in the game on the same floor.

No matter which team you root for, this exciting matchup will be one you don't want to miss.

 

2016 NBA All-Star Game

When: Sunday, Feb. 14

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto

TV: TNT (Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET)

Spread (per Odds Shark): West -5

 

2016 NBA All-Star Game Rosters
Eastern Conference
No.PlayerPos.Team
23LeBron JamesFCleveland Cavaliers
13Paul GeorgeFIndiana Pacers
7Carmelo AnthonyFNew York Knicks
3Dwyane WadeGMiami Heat
7Kyle LowryGToronto Raptors
21Pau GasolF-CChicago Bulls
10DeMar DeRozanGToronto Raptors
4Paul MillsapFAtlanta Hawks
0Andre DrummondCDetroit Pistons
1Chris BoshFMiami Heat
2John WallGWashington Wizards
4Isaiah ThomasGBoston Celtics
Western Conference
No.PlayerPos.Team
24Kobe BryantF-GLos Angeles Lakers
35Kevin DurantFOklahoma City Thunder
2Kawhi LeonardFSan Antonio Spurs
30Stephen CurryGGolden State Warriors
0Russell WestbrookGOklahoma City Thunder
23Draymond GreenFGolden State Warriors
13James HardenGHouston Rockets
3Chris PaulGLos Angeles Clippers
11Klay ThompsonGGolden State Warriors
23Anthony DavisF-CNew Orleans Pelicans
15DeMarcus CousinsC-FSacramento Kings
12LaMarcus AldridgeFSan Antonio Spurs
NBA.com

Preview

February 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Eastern Conference forward LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers (23) dunks during the second half of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. The West defeated the East 163-158. Mandatory Credit: Bob Do
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The Eastern Conference roster is loaded with some of the most unguardable players in the league. James, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony will all start in the frontcourt, and although none of them are true low-post players, they all have the ability to beat just about anyone offensively.

When the team does need post players, veterans such as Pau Gasol, Chris Bosh and Paul Millsap will be able to handle the duties, while Drummond will have no problem bringing down every rebound possible. Add in lightning-quick point guards Kyle Lowry, John Wall and Isaiah Thomas, and this is a formidable squad from top to bottom.

With that said, the home side will be completely overmatched.

The Western Conference has the better teams this season, and the players have just been performing at a different level.

The trio of Golden State Warriors will likely see the floor together at some point, and based on what we have seen this year, Curry, Green and Klay Thompson could likely play with any two post players and win games. When those players are some combination of Davis, LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMarcus Cousins, it's almost not fair.

Durant and Russell Westbrook also can take control of the game themselves, as Westbrook showed a year ago with his 41-point outburst to win MVP. Still, this overlooks Leonard as one of the top contributors on the roster. Jalen Rose of ESPN had high praise for the San Antonio Spurs star:

Leonard has the NBA's best three-point shooting percentage and is sixth in offensive win shares, per Basketball Reference. He won't likely show off much of his defensive ability in this exhibition, but he can still be a star offensively.

There are just too many elite players throughout the West roster to be stopped.

If the West is successful, one of the stories will be the play of Bryant. The Black Mamba hasn't had a great, or even a decent, season, averaging just 16.9 points per game while shooting 34.9 percent from the field. The shooting mark would easily be the worst of his impressive career.

Despite the struggles, he still earned the start with the highest number of votes, meaning fans want to see him play. He should get his chance in a game where he has won MVP four times prior, topping 20 points on seven different occasions.

Bryant could easily get hot from the outside and put together a big enough outing to take home another MVP. Then again, this doesn't seem to interest the 37-year-old veteran, per ESPN's Baxter Holmes:

Even if he doesn't want to go for big numbers, the crowd can easily change his mind.

Outside of Bryant, Curry is the easy guess to win MVP but one sleeper to watch for is James Harden. He had 29 points at this event a year ago and is never shy about taking a shot whenever the ball is in his hands. Even while coming off the bench, he has a good chance of putting up a high-scoring total while leading the Western Conference.

No matter who excels on an individual level, though, it seems like a safe bet for the Western Conference to take home the win.

Prediction: West 156, East 142

Odds to Win All-Star Game MVP
PlayerOdds
Kobe Bryant+135
Stephen Curry+500
LeBron James+800
Russell Westbrook+800
Kevin Durant+1000
James Harden+1800
Kyle Lowry+2000
DeMar DeRozan+2200
Kawhi Leonard+2500
per Odds Shark

 

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