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Forwards LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets were selected as captains of the 70th NBA All-Star Game, on Thursday. The betting options of the NBA All-Star give the bettors more chances to win than any other regular-season game.
The league also announced the first 10 players who will be part of the Game. All of them voted on by fans, media, and peers.
The 10 Starters
LeBron James will captain the West team with starters Nikola Jokic, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry, and Luka Doncic.
The Los Angeles Lakers man has been selected 17 times for an All-Star. He has been also the most voted player by the public for the fifth consecutive year since Kobe Bryant’s retirement. He will be captain for the fourth time.
Concerning the East team, alongside Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Bradley Beal, and Kyrie Irving will also be starters.
Durant, who will make his debut as captain in this year´s edition, has been selected 11 times for an All-Star. This time he took the place of the MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek was second in his position with one million votes less than Durant.
The Captains will be in charge of selecting the rest of the teams before the Game. On the other hand, the coaches of both conferences will determine the remaining 14 All-Star Game places. They will vote for seven from the East and West over the next few days.
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All-Star New Format
Since last year, NBA introduced a different way of competing in the All-Star Game. The new format was a success and brought a lot of excitement to a game that was losing its competitive thrill.
In each of the first three quarters, both teams will play with a score of 0-0 from the start. At the end of the 12 minutes, the team that has scored the most in that quarter will be the winner and can choose an organization to make a monetary donation to.
At the start of the last quarter, all the points from the previous quarters will be added up, but the clock will be turned off. No 12 minutes will be played, but a certain number of points will have to be scored. This amount will be the points of the winning team plus 24 points more. In the last quarter and without a time clock, the winning team will be who reaches first that score, either with a field goal or a free throw.
The 24-point figure was added in 2020 as a tribute to Kobe Bryant, who died on 26 January that year wearing the 24 for his last 10 NBA seasons.
Despite the Pandemic
Although there has been controversy over holding the event in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, all indicate that the game will take place without major inconvenience. Players will be tested before the match and there will be no fans present, like during all season.
Betting odds are ready for the NBA All-Star 2021 Game, that will be played next 7 March at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta (USA).