NBA All-Star Game
5:20 p.m. at US Airways Center, Phoenix
East +4 at West (263½)
It’s the very best basketball players on the planet, if not the very best basketball.
As they say, "it is what it is" – a glorified exhibition with plenty of dunks, high-wire acts, no look passes and no sign of defense. That is until the final five minutes if the game is close, which hasn’t always been the case. Since 2000, five of the nine games have been double-digit results.
The East has won three of the last four, including last year’s 134-128 victory in New Orleans. Notice that total was 262, one of 10 in the last 13 All-Star games that have gone under the projected 263½ for tonight’s matchup. Yet it’s hard to imagine a final score with the Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul staying below the total. The last two games produced 285 and 262. With many of the same participants back from those contests, it’s best just to sit back and watch the points add up on the scoreboard. In other words 263½ isn’t 300. OVER.
Bonus selection: Southern Cal +7 (NCAA)