This coming weekend, I suggest that you take your date out to an early Valentine’s Day dinner so that you can be home in time for the NBA All-Star Game. The Air Canada Centre in Toronto will play host to this year’s festivities, and the big game is set to tip-off at 8 PM EST. There are a ton of different things to bet on this weekend, but there are some bets there are certainly better than other. Let’s take a look at a few that might just inflate your NBA odds bankroll over the course of the weekend.
2016 NBA All Star Game Best Odds, TV and Game Information
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The All-Star Game is All About The Point Total
There are going to be a lot of you who are tempted to play the point spread in this game, but I tend to avoid it, as I find it is one of the hardest wagers to handicap. If there is a wager that is crying out to be played in the NBA All-Star Game, it has to be the point total. The OVER is almost certainly the way to go here, especially since 3 of the last 4 games have crossed the 300-point mark. When you consider that the average point total posted by the bookies over the past decade is around 282, you get an idea why the OVER is such a solid bet. If you feel inclined to go with the moneyline, I’d take the Western Conference, as they definitely have the deeper talent pool to draw on. If you really want to give your bankroll a boost, parlay the West and the OVER.
Make Money on the MVP
There are a few pretty good bets in the MVP category, but there is one player above all who really stands out. Before we get to that player, and my pick for the MVP, let’s take a look at some of the other possibilities. The one that has a lot of people talking is the likelihood of Kobe Bryant getting the award in his final season. He is not going to put up huge numbers in this game, but never doubt that sentimentality might play a role in the winner bring chosen. Kyle Lowry is another option, as he is the hometown hero, but since there have only been two hometown players that have won the MVP going back to 2004, it may not be a great bet. My money would be on Stephen Curry, especially since I think the West are going to win this one pretty handily.
Picking Out the Skills Players
There are some fun bets that can be played other than just with the big game. Many of these bets come in the skills competition, and there are a couple of guys that I like in here. The Slam Dunk contest always draws a lot of attention, not to mention a lot of wagering. We don’t have a very recognizable group of guys in this bunch, but we do know that one of them, Zach LaVine was pretty memorable in the 2015 version of the contest. Let’s give this one to him. The 3-point shooting contest is another one where you could make some money, and is also one where I think there is a pretty clear winner. I am going with Steph Curry, and you might even consider betting the parlay on this one and Curry as the MVP.