2010 NBA All Star Game Picks Preview

Vernon CroyCorrespondent IFebruary 14, 2010

PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 15:  LeBron James,a  member of the gold medal winning USA Olympic basketball team, smiles during a special presentation during half time of the 58th NBA All-Star Game, part of 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend at US Airways Center on February 15, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  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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The 2nd biggest event in the NBA season is taking place this weekend in Dallas. The NBA All Star game is close to tipoff and the stars are officially coming out to play. Every year, the NBA All Star game treats us to some of the best highlights and memories and this year should be no exception.

Many of us remember moments like Magic Johnson playing in the All Star game after his abrupt retirement. We remember Jordan slipping through the lane after a freethrow and dunking it. We remember all the stars of the past and what they meant to the game. Can this year's game live up to the hype that has come with the event from year's past? Sportsbook.com has the NBA Western All Stars -1 which means they need to win by 2 points to cover the spread Sunday night. Here are a few things to expect in this year's version of NBA All Star Weekend.

The West is a little bit undermanned coming into the game. They definitely do not have their best players available for this game and it should hurt them. However, with that being said, the guys that will play are still worthy of being All Stars. Therefore, they are not just going to lie down and let Lebron and Co. destroy them.

The West is missing Kobe Bryant, Brandon Roy, and Chris Paul. However, they do have some guys that can play. Maybe you've heard of a guy by the name of Kevin Durant? He's doing things in his young career that have only been done by some of the greatest players in NBA history. He can flat-out score on anyone at any moment.

The East should be the favorites in this game, but it is anything but a sure thing. Anytime you get a bunch of guys together that do not normally play together, you never know how a game will turn out.

Check out the Experts NBA All Star Picks for Sunday night.