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NBA All-Star Game 2021: 13 All-Star matchups highlight final week of action ahead of break

Whew, all things considered, it's felt like the first half of the 2020-21 NBA season has flown by.

With the 2021 NBA All-Star Game set for Sunday, March 7, there are just four days of NBA action left until we officially reach the break.

Can't control your anticipation for this year's All-Star Game? You're in luck, as these upcoming four days alone have 13 games in which two or more All-Stars will face off head-to-head. Need a rundown of them all? Look no further, we've got you covered below

Monday, March 1

Dallas Mavericks vs. Orlando Magic

Matchup: Luka Doncic vs. Nikola Vucevic

This isn't exactly a one-one matchup, but Doncic and Vucevic have been doing a little bit of everything for their respective teams this season. As the injury-riddled Magic rely heavily on Vucevic, don't be surprised if the big man puts up big numbers.

Indiana Pacers vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Matchup: Domantas Sabonis vs. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons

One game, three All-Stars. Now a two-time All-Star, Sabonis looks to continue his big-time play this season as he leads the Pacers to Philadelphia to take on a three-time All-Star in Simmons and a legitimate MVP candidate in Joel Embiid.

Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Matchup: Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell vs. Zion Williamson

It feels like anytime the Jazz meet the Pelicans, there's plenty of entertainment. Utah, the league's hottest team, heads to the Smoothie King Center to face a New Orleans team that it could meet in the opening round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs.

Two-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert will look to make things difficult for first-time All-Star Zion Williamson while Donovan Mitchell and 2020 All-Star Brandon Ingram could get into another scoring duel.

Denver Nuggets vs. Chicago Bulls

Matchup: Nikola Jokic vs. Zach LaVine

It's highly unlikely we'll see Jokic and LaVine line up across from one another, but Jokic is yet another MVP candidate while LaVine's outstanding play has got the Bulls in postseason conversations at the season's midway point.

Tuesday, March 2

LA Clippers vs. Boston Celtics

Matchup: Paul George and Kawhi Leonard vs. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum

Two All-Star duos going head-to-head. What more could you ask for? George and Leonard will almost certainly spend plenty of time matched up with Boston's perimeter duo of Brown and Tatum. Last year, these two teams met right before the All-Star Break, resulting in a classic finish in which Tatum had another signature coming-of-age performance against Leonard.

Denver Nuggets vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Matchup: Nikola Jokic vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis, the back-to-back MVP, goes toe-to-toe with an MVP candidate in Jokic. As Denver continues to figure things out, it will enter Milwaukee with an opportunity to earn a statement win ahead of the break. A big night from Jokic could spell doom for the Bucks.

Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Matchup: Devin Booker and Chris Paul vs. LeBron James

There is an extremely high level of respect between these two teams as James recently took to Twitter to show love for Booker and, as we know, Paul and James share a bond that extends much much further beyond basketball.

On the court, you're looking at a matchup between two teams that aren't that far apart in the standings. The only missing element is the presence of Anthony Davis, which would have made this another matchup of duos.

Wednesday, March 3

Utah Jazz vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Matchup: Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell vs. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons

You gotta love these matchups between duos.

On the interior, you've got arguably the league's most skilled big man offensively going at the league's best interior defender. With Simmons and Mitchell, you've got two members of the same rookie class that will forever be linked to one another.

Oh, and in Simmons and Gobert, you've got two of the league's top candidates for Defensive Player of the Year.

Chicago Bulls vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Matchup: Zach LaVine vs. Zion Williamson

The first-time All-Stars take centre stage.

LaVine, a two-time dunk champ, is set to share the floor with Williamson, a potential contestant in the upcoming Dunk Contest. Both the Bulls and Pelicans are in the playoff picture of their respective conferences and will look to stack up wins before the break.

Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Matchup: Stephen Curry vs. Damian Lillard

Regardless of order, you'd be hard-pressed to find a list of top point guards in the league that doesn't have Curry and Lillard occupying the top two spots.

You won't want to miss this one - the last time these two teams met, Curry exploded for a career-high 62 points. Don't be surprised if Lillard comes with a big performance of his own.

Thursday, March 4

LA Clippers vs. Washington Wizards

Matchup: Paul George and Kawhi Leonard vs. Bradley Beal

For the second time in a matter of two weeks, the league's leading scorer takes on a stellar defensive duo in George and Leonard. Beal finished with 28 points and 10 assists in the first meeting but the Wizards came up on the losing end.

What's in store for the next one?

Denver Nuggets vs. Indiana Pacers

Matchup: Nikola Jokic vs. Domantas Sabonis

Jokic is hands down the best passing big man in the league - we rated him the best passer in the league - but Sabonis isn't too far behind as far as bigs go.

Expect to see some beautiful basketball from these two extremely skilled European bigs.

Golden State Warriors vs. Phoenix Suns

Matchup: Stephen Curry vs. Devin Booker and Chris Paul

In the final game before the All-Star break commences, Curry and the Warriors travel to the Valley of the Sun to take on Phoenix's All-Star backcourt of Paul and Booker.

Three of the league's best guards on one court signifies must-see TV

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