A betting guide to NBA All-Star Weekend: Expert advice from a one-time baller
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A betting guide to NBA All-Star Weekend: Expert advice from a one-time baller

The first thing to know about betting on this year's NBA All-Star Game is that the over will not hit. Nor the under. Thanks to the novel new format, the fourth quarter will be untimed with a target score. So the total is MIA. (Which does not stand for Jimmy Butler's team.)

Beyond that, the first wagering opportunity is straightforward: Team LeBron is favored by 4.5 points over Team Giannis.

If you firmly believe LeBron's crew will win, but not by five, you can sprinkle coin on the money line - wagering $200 to win $100. If you smell an upset, bet $100 to win $175 on Giannis' minions.

"I love Team LeBron," Tim Doyle said. "His team is so unselfish. They have Luka Doncic, Ben Simmons, Nikola Jokic, Chris Paul. The other roster has more scorers: Butler, Donovan Mitchell, Trae Young. I like that Team LeBron will share the ball. Hey, it's a theory."

The Tribune did not enlist Doyle because he once held Northwestern's single-season record for assists. No, Doyle is an NBA TV fantasy expert who makes wagering picks for CBS Sportsline.

Let's break down the three Saturday events and offer investment advice.

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