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West slight faves over East in 62nd NBA All-Star Game

The best basketball players in the world will gather Sunday for the 62nd annual NBA All-Star Game at the Toyota Center in Houston.

Oddsmakers have set the Western Conference as early 4-point favorites and listed a total of 288.5 – the highest number in the last six All-Star clashes.

The West has won three of the last four meetings straight up and covered in four of the last six (4-1-1 ATS) All-Star Games. But the East holds a 37-24 all-time SU advantage in the event.

The over is also an impressive 5-0-1 in the last six glorified track meets. Teams have combined to score an average of 280.6 points during that span and have played over the number by an average of 14.3 points.

This year’s event will feature seven first-time All-Stars, the most since 2005. It’s the third time Houston will host the event. The last time was in 2006 when the East toppled the West, 122-120, earning LeBron James his first All-Star Game MVP.

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