NBA Odds: All-Star Weekend Shines Light on Fascinating 2013-14

We’re half way through the season, the Miami Heat look relatively mortal, Kevin Durant (31.2 PPG, 7.6 RPG) is playing some of the best basketball of the decade and sports fans are getting ready to bet on the NBA All-Star Game. Not a bad 2013-14 so far, by any means. Will the midseason festivities do justice to what’s already been a fantastic year?

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Whether you’ve started to wager on the NBA All-Star Weekend just yet or not, the February celebration is one that can’t be overlooked.

Since November we’ve seen some of the greats fall to injury (Derrick Rose, Brook Lopez, Al Horford just to name three that are out for the season), but we’ve also seen some fresh faces rise up among the elite.

The Portland Trail Blazers have 16/1 odds of winning the NBA championship and a major reason for that is LaMarcus Aldridge (24.1 PPG, 11.5 RPG) emerging as a legitimate MVP candidate. First-year All-Star Damian Lillard has pulled his share of the weight as well.

The All-Star Game will also give fans a chance to scout out Paul George (22.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG) from Indiana. George hasn’t made the Pacers a title threat all alone, but his rise to superstardom has helped Indy evolve from an NBA futures candidate to NBA futures contender.