13 Feb 2020 NBA All-Star Game Betting: Rule Changes, Trends to Know
The format for this year’s NBA All-Star Game (Sunday 8 p.m. ET, TNT) has changed from years past. The league has implemented new rules in hope of increasing the competition throughout the game.
This year, every quarter will be played for charity. The first three quarters will begin with a score of 0-0. The team that wins each quarter will receive $100,000 to donate to a charity of their choosing.
The fourth quarter will be untimed and the teams will play to a final target score. This means the game will end with a made basket or a made free throw. The final target score is determined by taking the leading team’s total score after three quarters and adding 24 points — in honor of Kobe Bryant.
For example, if the score after three quarters is 110-105. The final target score would be 134 points. So, the trailing team would need to score 29 points before the leading team scored 24 points in order to win the All-Star Game.
Historically, handicapping the NBA All-Star Game has been difficult because predicting player motivation for a pick-up game is nearly impossible. The NBA is hoping the rule changes give players extra incentives to perform for the fans.
I’m skeptical the league will get the desired result. In the past, players received $100,000 for winning the game. The added bonus of supporting a charity is nice but it probably won’t be enough to get the players to treat Sun