The All-Star game is one for the fans to look forward to on the NBA Calendar. The game itself is the highlight of a weekend full of action and entertainment from your favourite NBA stars, which includes the Three-Point Contest, Slam Dunk Contest, and Skills Challenge. The main event consists of an almost cordial pick-up game battling it out for pride and glory.
Fortunately for you, we provide some of the very best NBA All-Star odds thanks to our computer-driven statistics, which track teams and calculate trends.
The 2022 Teams
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Captain A - LeBron James
Captain B - Kevin Durant
LeBron's team will consist of - Starters: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers (captain) Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets Reserves: Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers James Harden, Philadelphia 76ers Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors.
Kevin Durant's team will consist of - Starters: Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets (captain) Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics Andrew Wiggins, Golden State Warriors Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks ** = injured Reserves: LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks Dejounte Murray, San Antonio Spurs Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves ** Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
Contestants for the 2022 All-Star Skills Challenge
As it stands, the contestants have now been announced for the 2022 All-Star Skills Challenge. Check the full list of challengers below;
- The Antetokounmpos - Alex Antetokounmpo, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Thanasis Antetokounmpo
- The Cavs - Jarrett Allen, Darius Garland, Evan Mobley
- The Rooks - Scottie Barnes, Cade Cunningham, Josh Giddey
New NBA All-Star format
The All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, February 20, 2022.
The 2022 All-Star Game features a format that will be fast-paced throughout, with a fourth-quarter dynamic that adds to the intensity. The format last year was ;
- With regard to the on-court rules, teams will compete to win each of the first three quarters, all of which will begin at 0-0 and follow the usual 12-minute format.
- At the start of the fourth quarter, the game clock will be turned off and a Final Target Score will be set. The Final Target Score is determined by taking the leading team’s total cumulative score through three quarters and adding 24 points - the 24 representing the Late Kobe Bryant’s uniform number.
- Once the Final Target Score is set, the teams will play the fourth quarter until the point at which one team reaches the score set. The team that achieves the score first, will win overall.
- The winning team in the NBA All-Star Game will be the team that reaches the Final Target Score first - obviously!
We may see the same thing next year, but we are unaware of how things will play out in 2022 as of yet.
NBA All-Star betting odds
We provide you with the means to wager on all available NBA All-Star game betting lines in 2022:
- Betting Line / Moneyline: If the moneyline is negative, it shows the amount you must wager to win $100; if it is positive, it is the amount of money a player wins on a $100 bet.
- Spread Betting: wager made against the spread.
- Over Under: NBA All-Star game odds for the over-under are wagers made on the total score between the two teams.
- Props: bets made on a particular outcome of something not necessarily related to the match.
NBA All-Star Game Results
The first NBA all-star game was a relatively tame affair, resulting in a 111-94 win for the East at the Boston Garden. Compare that to the most recent tilt last season, which ended in a 192-182 win for the western conference. Teams used to play a semblance of defence in the event, but now the game revolves around scoring prowess, dunks, and fancy fast breaks. The rise of the three-pointer also increased the amount of scoring in the game, parallel to regular season strategy.
Overall, the Eastern Conference holds the edge with 37 victories, winning 56% of all-star games. Since the year 2000, the Western Conference has utterly dominated results, winning 12 of 18 matchups against the east. During the 1980s and 1990s, the eastern conference set the pace with 13 victories in 21 contests. Momentum shifted when the 1999 event was cancelled due to a lockout. Around the same time, the western conference turned into the best half of the NBA.
As such, fans can witness player combos previously impossible under the old rules. King James will line up alongside Russel Westbrook, Klay Thomson, Kevin Durant, and Damian Lillard, while Steph Curry will combine forces with DeMar DeRozan, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Kyle Lowry.
The 2017 edition of the all-star game broke several records, including most combined points with 374, the most points in a half with 189, and most points in a quarter with 101. Next to no defence was featured, resulting in a .578 field goal percentage and 162 made field goals, both records for the event. The fewest number of points was 154 during the 1953 game, which featured both teams shooting a combined .362 FG%, making only 59 field goals.
Now that the rules mandate a mixing of the best players from both conferences into separate teams, previous trends will no longer inform the potential results of all-star game wagers. The only trend which will likely continue is the explosion of scoring, which has made recent all-star games among the most entertaining in the history of the NBA. Wagering on the winning team now revolves around the captain who built his squad best.
List of NBA All-Star Game MVP Winners and Other NBA All-Star Game Betting Opportunities (325) The MVP of the all-star game usually goes to the player who controlled the pace, scored the most points, or produced the most fantastic ball of the night. Early in the history of the game, Bob Pettit earned four all-star MVP nods, including three awards between 1956 and 1959. Pettit’s record of 27 rebounds in a single all-star game might never be challenged.
In the modern era of the all-star event, Kobe Bryant stole the show numerous times, also winning four all-star MVPs. Perhaps more impressive was the fact that Bryant earned the plaudit over a span of nine years, displaying the longevity of his craft. Russell Westbrook exploded in two consecutive all-star games in 2015 and 2016, leveraging his incredible intensity to consecutive MVP trophies. Russ only has one gear – playing all-out – which helped him rise above his peers.
Similar to other records involving early career achievement, LeBron James holds the record for the youngest all-star MVP at 21 years and 51 days. The oldest all-star MVP was Shaquille O’Neal, who won the award at the advanced age of 36 years and 346 days. When Magic Johnson won an all-star MVP during his final participation in the event, it helped raise awareness for the scourge of AIDS, encouraging discussion among the general public.
The all-star game wouldn’t be complete without the slam dunk competition, which has christened stars like Michael Jordan and Vince Carter through their amazing, athletic, high-flying antics. A skills competition, a young-stars game, and various individual and team props will also be available before the all-star weekend commences.