Odds have been released on over 70 players to make the NBA All-Star game in Chicago. Photo from Wikimedia Commons [CCLicense]
  • From Anthony Davis to Alex Caruso, MyBookie has provided All-Star odds
  • Which big names could miss out?
  • Read below to find the best value All-Star bets

The NBA season is fast approaching. As season previews are readied and predictions made, bettors are evaluating the pre-season odds.

All-Star betting is an area that can present some handy winnings. Starting with the locks – led by new Laker Anthony Davis – this article looks through the All-Star odds from the guarantees, to fringe players like Rudy Gobert all the way to the long shots, including Lonzo Ball and Otto Porter.

While the All-Star game has come in for plenty of criticism over the years, being named on an All-Star roster is still a highlight of a player’s career. The players in the table below are expected to feature in Chicago on  February 16th 2020.

The Locks: Odds to Make All-Star Game

Player Odds at MyBookie
Anthony Davis -2200
Nikola Jokic -2000
Kawhi Leonard -1200
Kyrie Irving -600
Jimmy Butler -450
Bradley Beal -400
Luka Doncic -400
Dame Lillard -350
Kemba Walker -350
Ben Simmons -300
Nikola Vucevic -300
Karl-Anthony Towns -250
Paul George -250
Blake Griffin -180
Russell Westbrook -120

*All Odds taken 10/10/19

Look Out for Luka & Vucevic

Luka Doncic, the reigning rookie of the year, received a lot of fan support last season. His Dallas Mavericks are a borderline playoff team, and his numbers are expected to improve from an already impressive 21/8/6. Doncic’s case to be an All-Star is a solid one, particularly if the Mavericks overachieve.

In the loaded Western Conference, even a dazzling first half of the season from Doncic doesn’t guarantee an All-Star selection. Damian Lillard, Steph Curry, James Harden are all assured of their spots. It would be a surprise to see Westbrook miss out, and there’s a significant group of other contenders, featuring Jrue Holiday, Donovan Mitchell and Jamal Murray.

He’s a name to keep an eye out for in NBA MVP odds, but the -400 to be an All-Star is on the short side considering his competitors.

Switching to the Eastern Conference, Nikola Vucevic at -300 doesn’t represent great value. The Magic are a bit of an unknown quantity heading into the new season, and Vucevic is coming off a big year, but is he really a lock?

The East isn’t blessed with great big men beyond the superb Joel Embiid. That said, Marc Gasol, Myles Turner, Andre Drummond, Brook Lopez and John Collins are all rivals with Vucevic for that backup centre berth.

If Vucevic can reproduce the same offensive production, he’s got a good chance of winning that race. On the other hand, should the Magic find themselves in the middle of the pack, it’s not hard to see any of that quintet beating Vucevic to the All-Star bench.

Bets to avoid: Doncic (-400), Vucevic (-300)

The Fringe Players: Odds to Make All-Star Game

Player Odds at MyBookie
Rudy Gobert +100
Pascal Siakam +100
Donovan Mitchell +120
Jayson Tatum +130
Kyle Lowry +130
Kevin Love +160
Andre Drummond +180
Trae Young +200
Khris Middleton +200
Zion Williamson +220
Aaron Gordon +220
Al Horford +250
Tobias Harris +300
Draymond Green +300
Kristaps Porzingis +400
Myles Turner +400
Zach Lavine +400
LaMarcus Aldridge +400
De’Aaron Fox +400
Lauri Markkanen +425
Gordon Hayward +450
John Collins +450
C.J. McCollum +450
DeMar DeRozan +500
Mike Conley +500
Jrue Holiday +500
Julius Randle +500

Drummond & Siakam Should Take the Leap

Two-time All-Star and three-time total rebound leader Andre Drummond represents very good value at +180.

Drummond is the best rebounder in the league and averaged a career-high in points last season. The main obstacle to an All-Star spot is likely to be team success.

The Detroit Pistons scraped into the playoffs last season with Blake Griffin clearly their best player. It’s not often that an eight seed gets two All-Stars, and that counts against Drummond’s candidacy. He probably needs the Pistons to overachieve to get in. That’s certainly possible this year – the Eastern Conference is open behind Milwaukee and Philadelphia.

Vucevic is the man to beat for Drummond, and while the Orlando seven-footer has the edge, their odds should be a lot closer together. The competition for the backup centre spot will be fierce this season.

At a price of +100, it doesn’t get more ‘Fringe All-Star’ than Pascal Siakam. The Cameroonian was unfortunate to miss out last season and should take another step forward this season with the team built around him. Kawhi Leonard’s departure leaves an opening at forward on the Eastern Conference roster – Siakam should be the favourite to fill that spot.

Kyle Lowry’s surprise contract extension has given an insight into the Raptors’ season. A retool – which could’ve seen Lowry, Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol traded away – now seems unlikely.

While Toronto looked like they could be a lottery team, backing Siakam seemed riskier. The expectation should now be that they make the playoffs – maybe even as a top four seed – with Siakam as their best player. That would make him a lock to be an All-Star.

Picks: Drummond (+100), Siakam (+100)

The Longshots: Odds to Make All-Star Game

Player Odds at MyBookie
Otto Porter +600
Chris Paul +600
D’Angelo Russell +600
Eric Bledsoe +700
Malcolm Brogdon +750
Jamal Murray +800
Jaylen Brown +900
Josh Richardson +1000
Jaren Jackson Jr. +1000
Clint Capela +1100
Buddy Hield +1300
Bam Adebayo +1400
Domantas Sabonis +1500
Ja Morant +1500
Brook Lopez +1500
DeAndre Ayton +1600
Goran Dragic +1800
Jarrett Allen +1800
Marvin Bagley +2000
Lou Williams +2000
DeAndre Jordan +2000
Steven Adams +2200
Danilo Gallinari +2200
Spencer Dinwiddie +2300
Terrence Ross +2300
Terry Rozier +2500
Bojan Bogdanovic +2500
Paul Millsap +2500
Derick White +2800
Dejounte Murray +2800
Lonzo Ball +3000
Collin Sexton +3000
Serge Ibaka +3500
RJ Barrett +3500
Brandon Ingram +3500
Michael Porter Jr. +4000
Cam Reddish +4000
Coby White +4000
Andrew Wiggins +5000
Darius Garland +5000
De’Andre Hunter +5000
Rui Hachimura +5500
Jarrett Culver +5500
Ricky Rubio +6000
Alex Caruso +10000

Brogdon and Porter Present Potential

Malcolm Brogdon is the first name that stands out from this list. At a longer price than his former backcourt mate Eric Bledsoe, he represents great value if he can stay healthy.

The Indiana Pacers performed admirably without Victor Oladipo last season. His return date is unconfirmed, and in Brogdon they have acquired someone who can run the offense in his absence.

Brogdon was an underrated component on the Bucks last season – he has the ability to keep the Pacers competitive while they wait for Oladipo. Once he returns, they could become one of the league’s best two-way backcourts.

Brogdon, like Siakam and Drummond, will benefit from playing in the East. Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal and Ben Simmons should occupy four of the guard spots. Lowry and Oladipo were the two others last season (with D’Angelo Russell an injury replacement). There’s going to be a space for a player like Brogdon, Zach LaVine or Trae Young. Brogdon’s odds are the pick of that group.

The ultra-talented Michael Porter Jr. has already attracted a lot of attention in pre-season. Not so long ago, Porter was the number one high school prospect in the country. Injury derailed his college career, but he was still a lottery pick, and he didn’t play last season, meaning he qualifies a rookie this year.

At +4000, it’s worth a wager. Porter can do it all. If the Denver Nuggets are a top two seed again, and Porter stays healthy, he’s got a chance. The former 14th overall pick is more likely to make the All-Star team than Serge Ibaka, Brandon Ingram or RJ Barrett, who are all at shorter odds.

Picks: Brogdon (+750), Porter (+4000)

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