2019 NBA All-Star Game odds, picks, best bets for Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis

The 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend sees its closing act hit the stage Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET when the world’s best players square off in the 68th NBA All-Star Game at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. The NBA is again using what proved to be a popular drafting format, with the team captains from the Western and Eastern Conference squads selecting their teammates. LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks were named team captains as they were the All-Stars who led their respective conferences in fan voting. They drafted the All-Star Game rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference.

Team LeBron is a 6-point sportsbook favorite against Team Giannis with the over-under for total points scored set at 310.5 in the latest 2019 NBA All-Star Game odds. Before you make any 2019 NBA All-Star Game picks, check out the predictions from SportsLine’s Mike Barner. 

Barner is a respected NBA Fantasy expert, both season-long and DFS, whose work has appeared in Sports Illustrated and on Yahoo, RotoWire and KFFL. He has also been featured on ESPN Radio. He digs deep into the data, examining team trends and projecting game outcomes, while watching as many games as possible to gain an edge.

With his unmatched analysis and 24-7 dedication, Barner spots opportunities against the spread as well as on totals. Barner’s expertise has been on full display lately — he has hit on 29 of his past 43 NBA picks, a nearly 70 percent win rate that has brought in nearly $1,500 to $100 players in a short amount of time. That payout doesn’t include the 6-1 parlay he nailed by hitting all three of his best bets for SportsLine members on Monday.

Now he has zeroed in on Sunday’s 2019 NBA All-Star Game. He has analyzed the rosters and matchups for this contest and released a confident point-spread selection. The pick is available at SportsLine.

Team LeBron, will look to lean on a considerable NBA All-Star Game experience advantage.

The Team LeBron roster features 81 career All-Star appearances while the Team Giannis roster features 57 All-Star appearances. If you take the 13 appearances for Dwyane Wade and 14 appearances of Dirk Nowitzki out of the equation (as both players are essentially making lifetime achievement appearances), the disparity looks even more glaring with LeBron’s team holding the 68 to 43 edge.

Further, LeBron’s team has combined to win the NBA All-Star Game MVP seven times while only Russell Westbrook has ever won the award for Team Giannis. Look for LeBron’s group to use its collective All-Star game experience to try to overwhelm the younger side on Sunday.

However, don’t expect Team Giannis to make things easy on Team LeBron.

What they lack in experience they make up for in athleticism and length, making them the more representative group of current NBA trends. In addition to Antetokounmpo, the Team Giannis starters have exceptional length in the frontcourt with Paul George and Joel Embiid.

With Stephen Curry to facilitate and provide shotmaking from the outside and the additional playmaking ability of Westbrook, D’Angelo Russell and Kyle Lowry off the bench, Team Giannis might have the stylistic advantage. They also have the hometown favorite Kemba Walker in their starting lineup, so they will have the Spectrum Center crowd on their side as well and Walker’s fearlessness makes him a dark-horse MVP candidate.

We can tell you Barner is leaning toward the Under, but his much stronger play is on the side. He has examined this contest and unearthed the critical X-factor that will determine the spread winner.

Who wins the 2019 NBA All-Star Game? And what critical X-factor determines the spread winner? Visit SportsLine right now to see which side is a must-back Sunday, all from the SportsLine expert on a massive 29-13 NBA run.

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