We’ve finally reached the 2022 All-Star Game, which will cap off All-Star Weekend in Cleveland. Team LeBron will face off against Team Durant, with tipoff set for 8:00 p.m. ET. LeBron James will be taking part in the event and will look to put on a show for his hometown crowd, while Kevin Durant will be sitting out due to an injury. According to DraftKings Sportsbook, Team LeBron is a 6-point favorite with the total set at 324.
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Stephen Curry, who entered the game with 10/1 odds to win MVP, has made those who backed him happy. The point guard went for 50 and set a record with 16 triples, so it was only fitting for him to win the ASG MVP award with Team LeBron’s victory.
It’s all over! LeBron James hits a turnaround jumper to capture a fifth consecutive All-Star Game with a 163-160 victory. The under hits by one point, and Team Durant covers the spread. Bettors are not going to be happy with the target score rule, as it takes them out on the total. It looks like Stephen Curry will be the MVP with 50 points, although he just misses out on the record for a highest score in an All-Star Game. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 and LeBron James finished with 24 for his team. For Team Durant, Joel Embiid led the way with 36 points. We’ll see what the MVP situation looks like at the final presentation.
Both teams are tied 155-155 and are eight points away from the target score. There’s a lot that rides on these last eight points, including who wins MVP.
Embiid is also making a bid for ASG MVP as he’s up to 35 points for Team Durant, who leads this game 152-151.
We’re entered winning time and there’s been an uptick in defense overall, including some fouling. Curry is now up to 50 points and Team LeBron has the lead on Team Durant 151-147. The over is looking a bit dicey now because of the target score, but it should still hit.
The final target score is set at 163, which is going to put a lot of bettors under pressure. Both the over and under are very much in play. Once a team hits that score, the game will officially end. Let’s see how this ends up going down!
Well, that was a fun third quarter. It was the Curry show, and he’s three shots away from being the highest scorer at an All-Star Game. The guard is likely going to keep taking threes only from here on out. Team Durant leads Team LeBron 139-138. Embiid has 29 to lead Team Durant, while Curry has 45 and Antetokounmpo has 26 on Team LeBron. We’ll see who ends up winning this game, but Curry at 10/1 to win All-Star Game MVP seems like a lock barring a major collapse or Embiid going off for Team Durant.
We finally got a foul call at the 2022 All-Star Game, and it’s Dejounte Murray who gets two shots after a bad closeout on a jump shot. He hits them both. Those were the only free-throws of the game up to this point.
This has officially become the Stephen Curry show. He’s now up to 45 points on 15 triples and has shown no signs of stopping. Team LeBron is down 132-128 as the third quarter nears a conclusion. The over is looking great on the pregame total, but the spread is in favor of Team Durant at the moment.
Curry is going nuts and how has 39 points. He’s set the record for 3s already and will look to keep going. Team Durant leads Team LeBron 123-118 but this is becoming Curry’s night. If Team LeBron ends up coming back, Curry could be the MVP. Embiid leads Team Durant with 29 points, so he’s the frontrunner there if that team comes away with a win.
There were some moments of sloppiness from Team LeBron early in this third quarter to let Team Durant open up a 108-99 lead but that has now closed to 110-109 largely due to Stephen Curry. The point guard is now up to 30 points on the game. His 10 3-pointers is a new All-Star Game record.
Here are the live lines as we get ready to start the second half. The spread is now 3.5 in favor of Team LeBron, while the total has been bumped up to 330.5. Team LeBron is -145 on the moneyline while Team Durant is +115.
It looks like the charity giveaways are happening after every quarter. Quarter 2 goes to Team Durant.
What a way to close out the half. There were a lot of great dunks, all of which would’ve won the Dunk contest Saturday. There were some heaves from deep, with a few going in. Team Durant leads Team LeBron 94-93, which means the over is looking great. If you bet Team Durant against the number, that’s also looking solid. Joel Embiid is up to 17 points and Devin Booker has 16 to lead Team Durant. Stephen Curry has 24 points to lead Team LeBron. LeBron James has 13 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo has 12 in supporting roles.
Trae Young and Ja Morant connected on a massive alley-oop as Team Durant extends its lead to 86-80. The over is looking great right now, while the spread is favoring Team Durant. The guards on Team Durant are running out past Team LeBron for easy layups, and Stephen Curry’s threes are eventually going to stop going down. He’s up to 18 points but Team Durant is ahead as we near halftime.
The reserve guards are putting on a show for Team Durant. LaMelo Ball and Dejounte Murray have crept into double figures in terms of points, while Stephen Curry has hit some triples to push himself up to 15 points. It’s Team Durant 81-80 as halftime approaches.
Devin Booker and Darius Garland have started to heat up for their respective squads. Booker is up to 16 points and could be gunning for the MVP award, while Garland has 10 points as a reserve for Team LeBron.
It’s 65-64 in favor of Team Durant at the moment, but there really is no defense being played at this game. There are also apparently no rules, as multiple players have clearly traveled without a whistle. Here’s LaMelo Ball taking at least 10 steps on what ended up being a nice pass to Dejounte Murray.
It’s the end of the first quarter, and Team LeBron leads Team Durant 47-45. The over is looking pretty good on the total right now, but Team Durant is currently covering the spread. Joel Embiid leads Team Durant with 11 points, while a handful of Team LeBron players are battling it out on the stat sheet. We’ll see if anyone can pull away over the remainder of the game.
The team that wins the first quarter wins $100,000 for the Cleveland-based charity it is playing for. An extra incentive for the stars on each team to keep pushing from the start of the game.
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With 1:30 remaining in the 1st quarter, #TeamDurant leads #TeamLeBron 43-41.
The team that wins the 1st quarter will earn $100,000 for the Cleveland-based charity they are playing for.
The lack of defense is hurting Team LeBron, as both Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns are going coast-to-coast and throwing down dunks at will. As for LeBron James, he’s missed a couple triples but did eventually hit one. Team LeBron needs to show at least some defensive effort on these big men. It’s 36-34 in favor of Team LeBron at the moment as the first quarter starts to wind down.
At the first timeout, Stephen Curry leads the way for Team LeBron with six points. Nikola Jokic has five points, five rebounds and two assists. For Team Durant, it’s been Joel Embiid doing most of the damage with seven points. Team LeBron leads Team Durant 23-18. Perhaps the biggest highlight of the game so far though, has come from Ja Morant.
The shooters are hitting early in this game, with Stephen Curry and Trae Young connecting from deep. It’s a close game early, with Team LeBron up 20-18.
After some rare defense on a pass from Joel Embiid inside to Ja Morant, Team LeBron scores the first bucket of the game as LeBron James found Giannis Antetokounmpo on the interior. Antetokounmpo is the favorite to win ASG MVP at +450.
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There’s a huge ovation, as expected for James during the introductions from the Cleveland fans. James spent the majority of his career with the Cavaliers and even though he did leave twice, he did deliver the 2016 title to the franchise in the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history. Cleveland fans will always have that appreciation for James, and there’s enough smoke around a potential third return to keep the cheers coming for the King.
Here’s a final odds check before the game starts. Team LeBron is still a 6-point favorite against the spread, with the total still set at 324. The under on the total is still plus money, for those looking to fade the points. Team LeBron is -225 on the moneyline, while Team Durant is +185.
Suns PG Chris Paul has been diagnosed with a fractured thumb and he will re-evaluated in six to eight weeks. It’s a tough blow for Phoenix, who leads the Western conference. Look for Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Aaron Holiday and Cameron Payne to take over in Paul’s absence. As far as the All-Star Game goes, Paul is going to attempt to play a few minutes but won’t be in the running for MVP anymore.
Stephen Curry, who is a starter for Team LeBron, is practicing logo shots. It’s going well and it seems likely he’ll toss up a few attempts from there. Curry is +1000 to win MVP per DraftKings Sportsbook.
Donovan Mitchell, who was listed at +3500 to win MVP, will not be playing in the All-Star Game due to a non-COVID illness. We’ll see if that has any impact on the lines, but that’s going to shorten the rotation a bit for Team LeBron. Mitchell was one of the stars off the bench who had the capability to get hot from distance.
My initial pick is Team LeBron -6 and over 324. It’s hard to see Team Durant beating Team LeBron on paper, although we know there won’t be much defense played. It’ll come down to who can make the most shots, and Team LeBron has better shooters overall at the moment. The total set this year is actually over last year’s All-Star Game total, and the under is a plus-money play. However, it’s hard to back the under in a game where there will be little resistance from the opposition. The over is the play.