The 65th NBA All-Star Game will take center stage to close out the weekend's festivities on Sunday. Don't expect a ton of defense—at least not until the fourth quarter. By that time, the Western Conference All-Stars will already have a large lead on the strength of their three-point shooters.
If the Eastern Conference are to have any chance of winning this game, they will need one or more players to get uncharacteristically hot from deep. They may have the better inside players, but that doesn’t figure to be a factor in this game.
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The Golden State Warriors' Splash Brothers will pick up where they left off at the Three-Point Contest when they finished one and two in Saturday's shooting showcase. Expect Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to stoke the West to an early lead with more long-range marksmanship.
LeBron James has had a low-key All-Star Weekend, but he'll be looking to make a statement in the All-Star Game. Expect him to get his early in the first half, but he'll only be able to keep the East close.
Closing it Out
When a late push gets the East within 10 points, Thompson will again separate himself from Curry on this All-Star Weekend after taking the three-point crown.
He'll have another scoring binge to elongate the West's lead. Most fans would like to see things get a little serious down the stretch, but the prediction here is a comfortable win for the Western Conference. Expect a win by 15 or more points when the final buzzer sounds.
Thompson will punctuate an outstanding All-Star Weekend performance by taking the MVP of Sunday's game. The record for most three-pointers made in an All-Star Game is eight by the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony in 2014.
Don't be shocked to see Thompson break that mark as he hoists his second trophy of the weekend.
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