NBA All-Star Weekend 2016: Updated TV, Live Stream Schedule and Predictions

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NBA All-Star Weekend 2016: Updated TV, Live Stream Schedule and Predictions
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NBA All-Star Weekend has grown over the years. Even with the inconsistent appeal of the Slam Dunk Contest, no other professional sports league has a better collection of all-star events. The festivities got underway Friday night in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre with the Rising Stars Challenge, but things will kick into high gear Saturday night.

You can watch all of the weekend's events on TNT or live stream on Watch TNT, except the NBA Developmental League All-Star Game. That will take place at Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum. It can be seen on NBA TV and NBA TV Canada at 2 p.m. ET.

Here's a lineup of the events from the Air Canada Centre with times, participants and predictions. An asterisk is placed by the player or team predicted to win the event.

Skills Challenge

When: Feb. 13 | All-Star Saturday Night | 8:30 p.m. ET | 1st Event

  • +Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver Nuggets 
  • DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings 
  • Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors 
  • Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans 
  • C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers 
  • Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves 
  • Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics*
  • Jordan Clarkson, Los Angeles Lakers 

+ Replaces Patrick Beverley (injured), per NBA.com

Three-Point Contest 

When: Feb. 13 | All-Star Saturday Night | 8:30 p.m. ET | 2nd Event

  • Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors 
  • James Harden, Houston Rockets 
  • Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors 
  • Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks 
  • Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors 
  • J.J. Redick, Los Angeles Clippers*
  • +C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns 

+ Replaces injured Chris Bosh, per ESPN.com

Slam Dunk Contest

When: Feb. 13 | All-Star Saturday Night | 8:30 p.m. ET | 3rd Event

  • Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves*
  • Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic 
  • Will Barton, Denver Nuggets 
  • Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons  

65th NBA All-Star Game

When: Feb. 14, 8:30 p.m. ET 

Western Conference All-Stars*

Starters 

Reserves 

  • Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
  • Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
  • Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers 
  • James Harden, Houston Rockets
  • DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
  • LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs
  • Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans

Eastern Conference All-Stars

Starters 

  • Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
  • Paul George, Indiana Pacers
  • LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
  • Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

Reserves 

The Winners

Go with the Little Guy

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Picking a winner of the Skills Challenge is a crapshoot. Just about anyone in the contest seems like a legitimate threat. That said, the Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas would appear to have a huge advantage when it comes to ball-handling and speed—though the Portland Trail Blazers' C.J. McCollum is a threat.

Thomas should be among the best shooters in the contest as well, and when you throw in his speed, he's the most sensible prediction. 

Redick Will Crash the Splash Brothers' Party

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Every guy in the three-point shootout is a great shooter. Winning comes down to getting hot at the right time, endurance and clutch shooting. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors are obviously amazing shooters who have proved themselves in every way over the past three seasons.

That said, those guys have dealt with enormous pressure all season as they chase history and attempt to defend their NBA championship. In this exhibition, it's easy to see one or both of them having a rare off night.

That will open the door for another competitor, and no one is better suited to seize the opportunity than the Los Angeles Clippers' J.J. Redick. His stroke is quick and smooth and doesn't require much effort. He'll come through with a victory over Thompson in the finals.

LaVine Will Repeat

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Watching the 2016 Slam Dunk Contest to see who will win is like watching a foot race between Usain Bolt and Peyton Manning and pretending the latter has a chance to pull the upset. 

If you watch Bolt blow past Manning, it would be to see how badly he smokes the slow-footed quarterback and how stylish he looks in the process. That's how you should watch the Slam Dunk Contest, only the Minnesota Timberwolves' Zach LaVine is Bolt in this analogy.

LaVine is going to repeat. The Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond, Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon and Denver Nuggets' Will Barton might throw down a few impressive slams, but none of them figures to have an arsenal of jams like LaVine.

He could probably do the same stuff he did last year and win again. He's on another level when it comes to dunking, and the only guys who could potentially challenge him aren't in the contest: the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James and the Miami Heat's Gerald Green.

The West Will Rule

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No one will play defense in the All-Star Game until the final quarter, but by the time the last period rolls around, the Western Conference's three-point shooting will have driven that squad to a big lead. Most probably that means Curry will have gone bananas from beyond the arc.

It's totally possible, but look out for Thompson getting hot. He's capable of crazy scoring binges, and he's the pick here for All-Star Game MVP as the West wins in a rout.


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