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Taking a look at initial odds for 2021 NBA All-Star Game

Team LeBron and Team Durant drafted their teams on Thursday night. We break down the opening odds for the game on DraftKings Sportsbook.

Kawhi Leonard of the LA Clippers plays defense against LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers on July 30, 2020 at The Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

The 2021 NBA All-Star Game is set for Sunday in Atlanta between Team LeBron and Team Durant. The two superstars drafted their teams on Thursday night on TNT and it was pretty clear that one side got the advantage early in the draft. Kevin Durant is not expected to play in the game but was allowed to draft the team anyway. So now that we have actual teams for the game, DraftKings Sportsbook has opening odds for the contest. Let’s take a look and give some initial thoughts.

Point spread

Team LeBron (-4) vs. Team Durant

So first off, if you want to take a deeper look at the rosters, you can find both of them and the draft results here. It’s not surprise the team with LeBron, Steph Curry, Luka Doncic and Giannis Antetokounmpo has the early edge. The thing is the format really plays a big factor here. It’s also an All-Star Game, so on paper one team can be viewed as better. Really, both steams are absolutely stacked. Even Team Durant has Kyrie, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Joel Embiid and Zion Williamson. So my early lean is taking the points and Team Durant knowing the game will likely be tight for three quarters before the format switches.



The total from last year in the first time in the new format was 312. So this number is basically based off of that line. In 2020, we saw Team LeBron rally in the final quarter after being down 9 heading into the fourth, where you play to 24 essentially. I think the shooting is slightly better than last season for both teams. Bradley Beal and Zach LaVine are newcomers. I guess the big thing to consider is the time players get to rest after the Skills Challenge and 3-Point Contest. That’s a lot of energy exerted before the game is even played and it’s right before. So I could see the total going under with that in mind.


Team LeBron (-175) vs. Team Durant (+145)

This line seems arbitrary really. It’s anyone’s game. Both sides have great players and we don’t even know who is actually motivated to win because it’s an exhibition game. In 2020, it meant a bit more with the passing of Kobe Bryant and all the tributes. This year, it’s sort of a clean slate. So in any case, I’ll take Team Durant at these odds knowing that it should basically be a pick ‘em.

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