With NBA All Star weekend upon us I’m here to give some predictions on what might transpire this weekend.
Rising Stars Game
Team US: 147 Team World: 140
MVP: Jayson Tatum
After getting washed the last two seasons by Team World, I expect Team USA to squeak out a victory. Not only do they have Jayson Tatum, but they also have De’Aaron Fox, Donovan Mitchell, Kyle Kuzma and other young studs. The World side however has Luka Doncic, Ben Simmons, and De’Andre Ayton. Top to bottom Team USA is just better and I expect this depth to be a big factor. If Team World wins I’d probably have Luka as my expected MVP. The reason I chose Tatum is because I think this style game is perfect for him. Not much defense, room to work, and he’ll be able to go 1 on 1 whenever he wants. This shapes up to be one of the best events of the weekend and it should be a good matchup
Prediction: De’Aaron Fox
Speed matters in the Skills Challenge and Fox is by far in a league in his own when it comes to speed among these contestants. Half of the Skills Challenge is being able to dribble fast through obstacles and Fox has a sizable advantage in that aspect. If he can knock down the jumper at the end in his first 2 tries he’ll be in good shape to take this one home. Other than Fox, I expect Jokic, Conley, and Doncic to all be in the running when its all set and done.
Prediction: Steph Curry
I really wanted to convince myself to pick Dame but then I thought about the fact that it’s in Charlotte. Steph’s home and he’ll want to put on a show in front of his hometown and when he tries to turn it up, things get scary. I wouldn’t be surprised if he got on a roll and only missed one or two shots in the final round, he’s that good. Other than Curry it’s a really strong field headlined by Devin Booker, Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton, and of course, Dirk Nowitzki.
Prediction: Dennis Smith Jr.
After a disappointing performance in last year’s Dunk Contest, DSJ is back and looking to redeem himself.
He can absolutely fly and I think he’s the type that will want to come out and have a great performance. He’s a showman and now that he’s a Knick he has the bright lights on him at all times. It would be fitting if one of the first things he does as a Knick is win the dunk contest. Other than DSJ, I think Miles Bridges will have something up his sleeve for the fans tonight in Charlotte.
NBA All-Star Game
Team LeBron: 165 Team Giannis: 158
MVP: James Harden
After the change from East vs West last year, the All-Star game definitely has a more competitive feel to it. The draft was televised this year and it made for some solid entertainment and something to build excitement for the event. Team LeBron just has more star power than Team Giannis and I just can’t help but say that Giannis is a terrible GM. It will be entertaining and hopefully it’s close down the stretch so the fans get a good show. The competitiveness was up last year and while I don’t expect it to skyrocket, it will be better than we’ve seen in the past. As for Harden, with Kyrie nursing a knee injury he may not play too much so that opens up shots. Harden for sure will take them and I could see him exploding in this one with another signature performance to add to this season.