The NBA All-Star Game 2016 live stream online and televised pro basketball event takes place on Sunday from Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. It will mark the final appearance ever by Kobe Bryant as a player on the All-Star rosters, but will he turn in a performance for the ages to capture the MVP award? The game also brings some of the new torch bearers that will take the latest edition of the NBA to its next level. That includes Golden State Warriors champion and reigning NBA MVP, Stephen Curry, as well as LeBron James, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and other young stars looking to emerge as the newest talents to take the league to higher levels. The 2016 NBA All-Star Game live streaming and TV coverage arrives thanks to TNT on Valentine’s Day evening for fans to enjoy.
According to ESPN.com in their Feb. 14 game preview, the spotlight will definitely be on the retiring Lakers star, who announced prior to this current NBA season that it would be his last. His team is currently a disappointing 11-44 which will not qualify them for a spot in the competitive Western Conference playoffs, but as the second-worst record in the league, will have them looking to draft a possible young star or trading for another big name to fill Kobe’s void. As far as All-Star appearances go, he’s second to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in terms of number of total appearances with 18, just one less than his follow Lakers veteran. Kobe will be among the West’s starting lineup today thanks to the fan voting, joining Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
On the Eastern Conference team, it will be the player often considered Kobe’s biggest rival in the league, LeBron James. He’ll lead a starting lineup that includes Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Paul George and Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry. The Eastern bench features Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Andre Drummond, John Wall, DeMar DeRozan, Isaiah Thomas and Pau Gasol. On the Western bench, it’s Chris Paul, LaMarcus Aldridge, James Harden, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Draymond Green, and the new Three-Point Contest champion, Klay Thompson. Of note, Chris Bosh and Jimmy Butler were originally added to the East stars but due to injury they were replaced by Gasol and Horford. The East will be coached by Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue, with Greg Popovich coaching the West.
So who will win the MVP award? The speculation would have to go that Kobe will somehow get it, although there’s a lot of competitive stars playing including LeBron James and Stephen Curry. On the Bovada LV sports book online, current MVP odds have Kobe as the favorite at +135, followed by Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook at +800. Kevin Durant is a +1000 favorite followed by James Harden at +1800 and Toronto Raptors player Kyle Lowry at +2000. In terms of the game itself, the West is a six-point favorite with an over/under points total set around 321 at most books in an annual game that is usually not known for the players’ defensive effort on the court.
The NBA All-Star Game 2016 edition has a scheduled start time of 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday night. Live televised game coverage is available to United States viewers on the TNT channel. To watch the NBA All-Star Game live streaming online for free, anyone in the U.S. with a web browser can head to TNT Overtime website to see four different camera feeds from around the game, including cameras focused on specific players. U.S. cable and satellite subscribers can log into the TNTDrama website or compatible Watch TNT apps for the official live stream. For live audio commentary, Sirius XM Satellite Radio channel 207 has coverage starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.0.