The 2020-21 NBA season has actually been anything however typical, which reaches the league’s yearly All-Star break. This year, all of the occasions, normally spread out throughout a weekend in February, arrive on one night in early March, with the league taking its program to Atlanta. The crown gem is Sunday’s 2021 NBA All-Star Video game, set to occur as the nightcap with Group LeBron handling Group Durant at State Farm Arena. As is traditional recently, the group captains, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, held a draft on March 4 to figure out the lineups, and there’s lots of star power on both sides.

Tipoff is at 8 p.m. ET in Atlanta. William Hill Sportsbook lists Group LeBron as a 2.5-point preferred, while the over-under, or overall variety of points Vegas believes will be scored, is 308.5 in the current 2021 NBA All-Star Video game chances. Prior to making any 2021 NBA All-Star Video game chooses, make certain to see the forecasts from SportsLine’s tested NBA handicapper, Mike Barner.

Barner is a reputable NBA Dream specialist, both season-long and DFS, whose work has actually appeared in Sports Illustrated and on Yahoo, RotoWire and KFFL. He has actually likewise been included on ESPN Radio. He digs deep into the information, taking a look at group patterns and predicting video game results.

With his unequaled analysis, Barner areas chances versus the spread in addition to on overalls. Barner’s know-how has actually been on complete screen recently. He is on a 35-23 run in against-the-spread NBA choices, returning over $950 to $100 gamers. Any person following him is method up.

Now, he has actually zeroed in on Sunday’s NBA All-Star Video game 2021, evaluated the lineups and matches, and launched a positive against-the-spread choice. Head to SportsLine now to see it. Here are the 2021 NBA All-Star Video game lines:

  • NBA All-Star Video game 2021 spread: Group LeBron -2.5
  • NBA All-Star Video game 2021 over-under: 308.5 points
  • NBA All-Star Video game 2021 cash line: Group LeBron -145, Group Durant +125
  • Group LeBron: James will pursue a 4th straight All-Star win
  • Group Durant: Durant will be changed as a starter by Boston’s Jayson Tatum.

Most Current Chances:

Group Durant All Stars.
+3.5.

2021 NBA All-Star Video game format

For the 2nd straight year, the NBA will utilize a various format for the All-Star Video game. The scoreboard will reset to 0-0 at the start of the very first 3 quarters. The clock will not be an aspect to start the 4th quarter, with the league setting a “target rating” to figure out the result. The first string that reaches or goes beyond that rating is considered the winner.

The target rating is figured out by taking ball game of the group with the most overall points after 3 quarters and including 24. Making use of the target rating, typically described as the “Elam Ending,” was popular in 2020 and supplied an extremely interesting environment. Making use of 24 points as the target rating is a homage to Kobe Bryant, who used the number for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Why Group LeBron can cover

While there is no home-court benefit in the All-Star Video game, nobody is more comfy in the setting than LeBron James. In truth, James is a best 3-0 given that the NBA changed to the captain-led format and was at the helm on each celebration. Group LeBron has the significant benefit in the method the groups were chosen, just since their challengers will not have Durant offered due to injury.

LeBron’s beginners are likewise remarkable in regards to team-building, with Giannis Antetokounmpo as the ruling two-time NBA MVP and Stephen Curry as the very best shooter in the NBA. Luka Doncic complete the group as maybe the NBA’s No. 1 increasing star, and Group LeBron likewise might have the very best gamer that was not voted as a starter in Damian Lillard.

Why Group Durant can cover

Even with Durant not able to play, Group Durant might have the leading gamer in the league at the break, Joel Embiid. He is the wagering favorite for NBA MVP as the All-Star break shows up and is balancing 30.2 points and 11.6 rebounds. Group LeBron’s beginning lineup does not have anybody who can protect him individually. Group Durant likewise has 2 previous All-Star MVP winners Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard.

Irving is balancing 27.2 points per video game and is matched completely for the format. Leonard is among the video game’s finest two-way forces and, if the video game gets tight, his defense might be vital. Another aspect is that Bradley Beal is presently the NBA’s leading scorer and efficient in a surge at any time as a crucial member of Group Durant’s backcourt.

How to make 2021 NBA All-Star Video game choices

Barner is leaning over on the overall, and he’s likewise discovered a vital X-factor that has him leaping all over one side of the spread. You can learn what it is, and which side he’s support, over at SportsLine.

Who wins the NBA All-Star Video Game 2021? And what vital X-factor makes one side of the spread struck hard? Go to SportsLine today to see which side is a must-back on Sunday, all from the SportsLine specialist on a remarkable 35-23 NBA run, and learn.

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