In an attempt to keep up with the news surrounding online casino games, the NBA has announced changes to the All-Star Game format for the 2023 game. All-star games in every professional sport have started to become a bit stale or watered down, but the NBA continues to try and make changes to keep things interesting.
The league just recently announced that the All-Star teams for this season aren’t going to be revealed until just minutes before tip-off. This is going to create some logistical challenges for the league and the players, but it should bring an extra level of excitement to the 2023 NBA All-Star Game.
TNT will once again be broadcasting the All-Star Game, and they are also going to broadcast the selection of the teams prior to the game. The NBA will still announce the captains and 10 starters in advance of the game, but the actual matchup is not going to be set until that night.
This is the 6th straight year in which the NBA will announce two captains and then those players will select their teammates. LeBron James is looking to improve upon his 5-0 record as a team captain, and he is almost a lock to be a captain yet again.
Betting on the NBA All-Star Game is popular, but that’s not going to look the same this time around with the new format changes. The NBA All-Star Game will once again end with a target score as this idea was taken from The Basketball Tournament and the ever-popular Elam Ending.
All-Star Game Voting Updates
Voting for the 2023 NBA All-Star Game has been open for weeks, and ballots can be found both online and at NBA arenas throughout the country. Teams typically do a great job of trying to promote their own players and get them on one of the rosters.
The leading vote-getter in each conference is named as a team captain for the big game, and it does look like there will be a tight race in the Eastern Conference. Fans once again play a big role in selecting the All-Star Game starters, but there are others that have their voices heard as well.
The fan vote accounts for 50% of the total when choosing the team captains or the rest of the starters in each conference. Media ballots account for another 25% of the results, and ballots turned in by players account for the remaining 25%.
There are also seven reserve players selected from each conference, but those players are not chosen through a fan vote at all. The coaches select the seven reserves from each conference, and those players will then be thrown into the player pool to be selected by the team captains.
LeBron James is running away with the fan vote in the Western Conference and has been on top of all of the updates from the league. In the East, Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo appear to be in a tight battle, and the second captain won’t be known until it is announced by the league.
The guards from the Western Conference are going to be Luka Doncic and Stephen Curry as they have a massive lead in the most recent update. The top three frontcourt players from the West include LeBron James, Nikola Jokic, and Anthony Davis.
The Eastern Conference has a tight race in the front court with Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Jayson Tatum currently on top. At the guard position, Kyrie Irving and Donovan Mitchell have been receiving the most votes.
Other Events Scheduled
The actual All-Star Game is once again going to be the featured event of All-Star Game weekend, but it’s not the only event. This weekend begins on Friday night and there is non-stop action throughout the three days.
The Celebrity All-Star Challenge is set to take place on Friday night and that will be followed by the Rising Stars Challenge. All of that action leads into Saturday with the two biggest events being the three-point contest and the dunk contest.
All of the action is set to take place in Salt Lake City, Utah.