NBA All-Star Game - East vs. West (-3½, 255½) 8:00 PM EST
The power resides in the Western Conference of the NBA, and has for several years. This season, the West has gone 184-135 (57.7 percent) in interconference games vs. the East. But that's not necessarily the way to bet when it comes to the NBA All-Star Game to be played in Las Vegas on Sunday.
Despite everyone being in universal agreement that the Eastern Conference is inferior, the East has pulled outright upsets each of the past two seasons and has covered the spread three years in a row.
With the West once again dominating the regular season, they've been established as a 3-1/2 point opening favorite. It seems almost a foregone conclusion though that the "Superior Conference" will be favored somewhere in the neighborhood of the 4-1/2- to 7-1/2-point spread that has been on the boards the past four years when tip-off rolls around.
In terms of the total, it has fluctuated between 252-1/2 and 263-1/2 in recent years, so this year's 255-1/2 point offering is right in line.
As with all-star games in other sports, defense tends to be optional with the NBA's version, but obviously the oddsmakers have adjusted with these sky-high totals and the game has gone under the last two years after three straight overs, though it should be noted that the 2003 game was tied 120-120 at the end of regulation, well under the total of 255 1/2, but the game went to double overtime and flew over.
The over/under result in 2002 is also a little misleading. The West's 135-120 victory was over the closing number of 252 1/2, but the total opened at 255 1/2 at some books, so the earliest bettors were able to cash on the under while the late over bettors also got the money.
The atmosphere in Vegas this weekend figures to be electric with all of the festivities going on. If you can't be there, at least you can do something those lucky folks can't
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