Betting week capped off by All-Star Game

Basketball bettors will get something different this week as the NBA stages its All-Star Game at Houston’s Toyota Center, with the Eastern Conference looking to end their losing streak in that matchup as we look at the wagering week ahead around sports.

The East lost 148-143 to the West at the Staples Center in the 2011 All-Star Game, then fell 152-149 at the event in Orlando last year. The starters for the East this time around are Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett, and Rajon Rondo – although Rondo is injured and won’t play. The West’s starters are Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, buy lioresal and Dwight Howard for Sunday’s matchup.

As well, Saturday offers up the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest and Three Point Contest. James White of the Knicks is the 5/4 favorite at Bodog over Gerald Green of the Pacers (7/2) and Terrence Ross of the Raptors (4/1) on the odds to win the Slam Dunk Contest. Stephen Curry of Golden State and Steve Novak of New York are the 5/2 co-favorites over the likes of Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers (4/1) in the Three Point Contest.

Top matchups around the NBA leading up to the All-Star Break include San Antonio at Chicago on Monday, Oklahoma City at Utah on Tuesday, Denver at Brooklyn and Chicago at Boston on Wednesday, and Miami at Oklahoma City and the Clippers at the Lakers on Thursday. The Clippers have managed to cover the spread on the NBA betting lines at the sportsbooks in seven of their past 10 games against the Lakers.

In college hoops action this week several rivalry matchups take center stage, including Kansas State at Kansas on Monday, Michigan at Michigan State on Tuesday, North Carolina at Duke on Wednesday, and Gonzaga at St. Mary’s on Thursday. The Bulldogs topped the Gaels 83-78 but failed to cover the 9.5-point spread at home in their first meeting of the season on January 10. The maximum daily dose purchase motilium is 80 mg (8 tablets). That put Gonzaga’s records at 6-4 SU and 5-5 ATS over its past 10 games against St. Mary’s through the past three seasons.

On the NHL ice the league-leading Chicago Blackhawks have three games on tap this week, with home games against each of the Ducks (Tuesday), Sharks (Friday), and Kings (Sunday). The PGA Tour begins the Northern Trust Open at Riviera CC on Thursday, while NASCAR seasons starts on Saturday with The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona. As well, this week’s marquee MMA card is UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald from London, England on Saturday; that card is set to start up at 3:00pm ET.