The NBA continues to tweak its format for the All-Star Game, and this is the second year in which two superstars drafted teams that will go head-to-head in what should be a high-scoring exhibition.
Today, we break down the sports betting lines and recommend where to place your bets at DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook. This advice is also relevant for daily fantasy contests on sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel and can be used when building lineups.
Keep an eye on injury news right up until tip-off since things can change quickly in the NBA. Please note any player dealing with injuries prior to the ASG may see limited action or decline to suit up.
NBA All-Star Game Betting Odds
Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis
DraftKings Sportsbook Odds: Team LeBron -4.5, 315.5 total
888 Sportsbook Odds: Team LeBron -4.5, 315.5 total
FanDuel Sportsbook Odds: Team LeBron -4.5, 315.0 total
BetStars Sportsbook Odds: Team LeBron -4.5, 315.0 total
Team LeBron Roster
- Kevin Durant
- Kyrie Irving
- Kawhi Leonard
- James Harden
- Anthony Davis
- Klay Thompson
- Damian Lillard
- Ben Simmons
- LaMarcus Aldridge
- Karl-Anthony Towns
- Bradley Beal
- Dwyane Wade
Team Giannis Roster
- Stephen Curry
- Joel Embiid
- Paul George
- Kemba Walker
- Khris Middleton
- Nikola Jokic
- Russell Westbrook
- Blake Griffin
- D’Angelo Russell
- Nikola Vucevic
- Kyle Lowry
- Dirk Nowitzki
NBA All-Star Game Breakdown
Whether you’re building NBA DFS lineups for the All-Star Game (ASG) or looking to nail it with a prop bet, the odds for MVP are an obvious starting point.
LeBron James, the captain of his own loaded squad, is the favorite to win MVP at +450 on FanDuel Sportsbook and +350 on DraftKings Sportsbook. He’s followed by teammate Kevin Durant (+500) on FD and opposing captain Giannis Antetokounmpo (+375) on DK.
James Harden (+700 FD, 450 DK), Steph Curry (+750, +650), Joel Embiid (+1100, +1400), and Russell Westbrook (+1100, +1600) round out the primary favorites to win MVP. Harden is right behind the captains as an MVP candidate on DK sportsbook for good reason. Curry would be a poor choice to win the award, and Embiid is a longshot.
You can get extreme value with Nikola Jokic (+8000) on FD sportsbook. He’s an underrated candidate for regular season MVP and could post a triple-double in this high-scoring game. Westbrook is a more conservative bet for MVP as the de facto “Alpha Dog” on Antetokounmpo’s squad. Westbrook won consecutive ASG MVPs in 2015 and 2016.
Giannis is extremely talented but is still relatively inexperienced on this stage. He might not have the same mentality as a Westbrook, Harden, or Durant in terms of taking over the game and gunning for the MVP award.
James averages 24.5 PPG in ASG appearances, tied for the best average all time with Anthony Davis. Westbrook (24.4 PPG) and Durant (24.3) are right behind them in terms of averages.
Paul George averages 20.8 points per ASG and is having the best season of his career. At +1400 to win MVP on the DK and FD sportsbooks, he’s worth consideration as a value bet.
Other prop bets that stand out include James Harden Over 21.5 points on FD sportsbook. The man has scored 30-plus points in 31 consecutive NBA games (in which defense is actually played), and he can get buckets from anywhere.
Russell Westbrook (18.5) and Joel Embiid (17.5) should also top their assigned total on FD Sportsbook. Giannis (21.5) is another good bet to exceed that total with ease. He could score 20 points with 10 dunks before either side decides to play defense in the fourth quarter.
As far as the game itself, Team LeBron opened as a 6.5-point favorite on most books, but the spread is starting to narrow. This is due in part to news that Anthony Davis (shoulder) and Kyrie Irving (knee) could both sit out with injuries.
Kawhi Leonard has enjoyed periodic rest throughout the regular season and would look quite hypocritical if he played significant minutes in an exhibition game. There is still plenty of firepower on LeBron’s roster, which boasts more experience with 81 combined ASG appearances compared to 52 on Antetokounmpo’s squad.
James holds ASG records for most points, FGA, and FG made. At this stage in his career, he truly has “nothing to prove” as he recently asserted to the media. He should distribute to his teammates, who are primarily going to be free agents next year and might just enjoy playing with LeBron in an exhibition enough to join him on the Lakers.
Giannis is young, hungry, and selected similar players on his team. His squad holds a significant edge in rebounding with 5,159 recorded this season (LeBron’s team is at 4,783).
Embiid and Jokic are two of the most versatile bigs in the game, while LeBron’s team can only really counter those centers with Karl-Anthony Towns if Davis is inactive or limited by his shoulder issue. Jokic is an incredibly efficient defender, and he could limit opportunities for LeBron’s team in the paint. Giannis also has Nikola Vucevic ready to come off the bench and flash his improvement on both ends of the floor.
LeBron has constructed a “run-and-gun” roster that has thrived in the ASG for years. With LeBron and Harden likely distributing, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, and Bradley Beal should get a ton of looks from 3-point range. If Irving is active and Kawhi Leonard is motivated, they should also get in on that spread attack. Ben Simmons is also available to come off the bench and find those sharpshooters.
LeBron’s roster has made a combined 1,409 threes this season, slightly more than the 1,394 Team Giannis has made. But the quality of Giannis’ 3-point shooters is a bit higher.
Steph Curry is shooting a scorching 44.4% from 3-point range this season, and Paul George has made 218 threes, trailing only Curry and Harden in that category. Harden is shooting 37.4% from deep this season, and his tendency to take tough stepback threes could alienate or annoy his teammates.
All-Star Game Picks
The new format seemed to spark more competition in its inaugural year. Team LeBron won 148-145 over Team Stephen (Curry), marking the first time the ASG went below the assigned point total since 2013.
The 2016 ASG hit a preposterous total of 369 points, and in 2017, the East and West combined for the highest total ever at 374 points.
This year’s total of 310 points is more conservative due to last year’s result. Scoring is way up in the NBA this season, and this is still an exhibition game in which neither side is likely to play hard on defense until the final quarter. As long as each team produces around 40 points each quarter, the game should go over the combined total, and we’re taking the Over (310.5 on DraftKings Sportsbook) rather than sweating out the Under.
If betting on Team LeBron (-5.5 on FanDuel Sportsbook), it makes sense to bet on the point margin instead. FD sportsbook is offering +165 odds on Team LeBron to win by 1-10 points, or +320 on Team LeBron to win by 11-20 points. Since the ASG is often back-and-forth with limited defense played before it is decided in the final minutes, you might as well take the winning team to earn a relatively close victory.
We also like an alternative bet on the point total if you’re wary of the spread. Taking Team LeBron to go Under (158.5 points on DraftKings Sportsbook) is intriguing. We could have a final in the area of 157-154 that goes over the combined total, but you would still cash a ticket on LeBron’s team staying below 158.
You can also consider betting the first half point total (156.5 on DraftKings Sportsbook) since far less defense will be played early on. DK sportsbook is also offering Team Giannis (+3) after the first half. That’s a decent bet at -108 odds since these teams are relatively even in terms of talent. LeBron’s squad is just expected to pull away late as the more experienced club.
Finally, we do like Team Giannis (+6.5 on DraftKings Sportsbook) to cover. Between Antetokounmpo’s all-around ability, Curry’s lights out shooting, Westbrook’s rampant competitiveness, and Kemba Walker‘s desire to pull out a win in front of his home crowd, Team Giannis should keep it close enough if not surprise with the win. Note that Team Giannis is +205 on FD and +195 on DK on the Moneyline.