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2011 NBA All-Star Game: Early Predictions for Outcome of East vs. West Matchup

2011 NBA All-Star Game: Early Prediction for Outcome of East vs. West Matchup

Both the East and West All-Star squads feature 24 of the league's best players.

While the Eastern Conference will be represented by a stronger starting five, the Western Conference has the greater depth.

The first half will play out as a spectacle as the game will have the "no defense" rule in effect through the first half and possibly all the way up until the fourth. The fourth quarter is where the competitive nature of all the players will kick up a notch.

You should fully expect Kobe Bryant to come out firing on all cylinders as he looks to take home NBA All-Star MVP for the hometown crowd. He'll certainly get a lot of help from Pau Gasol and Blake Griffin as they too look to represent Los Angeles.

However, even with their deep roster, the Western Conference will not be able to match up with the strength of the East's starting five and the chemistry of the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics squads.

Final score: East 145, West 136

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