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NBA: All you need to know about the NBA All-Star Game

The cream of the basketball world head to Cleveland for this year's NBA All-Star Game, with another treat for hoop fans.

After all the excitement of the Three-Point and Slam Dunk contests in previous days, Team LeBron come up against Team Durant on the court.

Where does the NBA All-Star Game take place?

The venue changes each year for the mid-season extravaganza, with the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland playing host this year, on 20th February.

The home court of the Cleveland Cavaliers holds up to 19,400 fans and this will be the third time the All-Star game has been held in Ohio.

What time does the NBA All-Star Game start?

This year's clash is due to start at 8pm Eastern Time, 1am UK time, in what will be the 71st Edition of the NBA All-Star Game.

There will be plenty of entertainment before the event and during half-time. US songstress Macy Gray and Canadian pop star Ryland James will be singing the National Anthem before the game.

Legendary American band Earth, Wind & Fire will perform at the half-time show.

Is the NBA All-Star Game on TV?

Both TNT and TBS networks will air the game in the USA, with NBA Legends Shaquille O'Neal, Reggie Miller, Charles Barkley and Dwayne Wade amongst the broadcast team.

The game will be shown in the UK on Sky Sports, with the coverage starting on Sky Sports Arena and then also later on Main Event.

How does the NBA All-Star format work?

Both of the two squads (Eastern and Western Conference) are selected by a combination of voting from fans, player and media representatives.

Meanwhile, the head coaches choose the reserves which are seven players from the respective conferences.

It was always East versus West until a change of format in 2018, when the teams were selected by a captain – who are the players with the two highest number of votes.

This year it's LeBron James and Kevin Durant, who have been able to pick their starting five from selected players in their own Conference.

Since the new format, King James has been captain of the winning team over the four years including a 170-150 victory over Team Durant last year.

Who will play for Team LeBron?

The four-time NBA champion James will start at Small forward for the West, while Andrew Wiggins of Golden State Warriors will also play at forward.

GSW star Steph Curry makes his eighth appearance in the All-Star game, while in contrast the other starting Point guard – Memphis Grizzlies’ Ja Morant - is making his debut in this exhibition game.

Team LeBron's starting five is completed by Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, who is second in this season's rebound stats – averaging 13.8 per game.

Western Conference - Starting Five

LeBron James (LA Lakers)
Andrew Wiggins (Golden State Warriors)
Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies)
Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)

Reserves

Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks)
Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz)
Dejounte Murray (San Antonio Spurs)
Chris Paul (Phoenix Suns)
Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz)
Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)

Who will play for Team Durant?

Kevin Durant is unable to play in this year's All-Star game due to a knee injury, so the Brooklyn Nets ace had to select all five players.

Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics has been selected as Durant replacement at Small forward, while last season's All-Star MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is the other starting forward.

The guards are Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls' DeMar DeRozan – who is currently the fourth top points-scorer in the NBA, averaging 28.1 per game.

Team Durant's starting five is completed by Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, making his fifth appearance in the NBA All-Star Game.

The East have also had to replace two reserves with James Harden and Draymond Green both missing out through injury.

Eastern Conference – Starting Five

Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks)
DeMar DeRozan (Chicago Bulls)
Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)
Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)

Reserves

LaMelo Ball (Charlotte Hornets)
Darius Garland (Cleveland Cavaliers)
James Harden (Philadelphia 76ers)
Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls)
Fred VanVleet (Toronto Raptors)
Jimmy Butler (Miami Heat)
Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
Jarrett Allen (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Who are the favourites for the 2022 NBA All-Star Game?

Team LeBron are 5/11 to win this year's All-Star Game and make it five wins in a row for the Lakers star, while Team Durant can be backed at 9/5 with bet365.

The spread is +5.5 for the East, which is 10/11, while over 321.5 points in the game can also be backed at 10/11.

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