Febraury 20, 2011 – By Scott
The East is set to meet the West on Sunday night in the 2011 NBA All-Star game. It would seem as if the West squad led by Kobe Bryant would be facing a combination of the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat based on the East’s roster. Seven players are on the East squad from these two teams and it is likely that they will not get too much love from the crowd in Los Angeles.
As far as the regular season goes, Bryant holds an edge over these two teams after his Lakers captured the NBA Championship in last year’s finals. Although Bryant will be playing with a different group of teammates on Sunday night, he will get another chance to take down the East in a different manner. Finding a way to gel will be huge for the East and the players representing the Celtics and Heat will need to find a way to omit the rivalry for at least one night.
The game itself should be intriguing, but who will walk away with the MVP trophy is another topic that grabs the interest of sports bettors. Below are the top 5 favored by online sportsbooks to win the 2011 All-Star Game MVP award.
Kevin Durant (15/2 odds) of the Oklahoma City Thunder is leading the NBA in scoring this season. For the year, Durant is averaging 28.9 points per game to go along with 7 rebounds.
Bryant and LeBron James (both at 5/1 odds) come in as the second two favored to win the MVP. Bryant is a three-time All-Star MVP and is averaging 25.1 points per game with 4.8 assists and 5.4 rebounds. James, an All-Star MVP award winner as well, has had to share the wealth this season with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Despite this, he is still averaging 26.1 points, 7.3 assists and 7.4 rebounds.
Derrick Rose (6/1 odds) of the Chicago Bulls is a favorite as well. For the season, Rose is averaging 24.9 points, 8.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds.
Finally Dwight Howard, Wade and Carmelo Anthony (10/1 odds) round out the top 5.
The rest of the All-Stars along with their odds can be found at Bodog sportsbook.