The second installment since the NBA shifted away from a Western Conference vs. Eastern Conference format is ready to go.
LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo have picked their respective squads, even orchestrating a draft day trade, and now its time for the main attraction to tip off.
After toppling Team Stephen last year, LeBron will be looking to make it back-to-back victories at the All-Star Game.
Team Antetokounmpo, however, won't be an easy pushover, with Giannis drafting plenty of length onto his side and is apparently bringing with him a defensive gameplan.
A host of players will be making their All-Star Game debut as Ben Simmons makes history by becoming the first Australian player to earn a spot in the marquee event.
Steph Curry vs. Kyrie Irving
We've seen these two have some classic duels over the years and they'll square off once again here.
Kyrie thrives in these games as he puts his otherworldly handles on full display. Just ask Brandon Knight, who felt the full effect during the 2013 Rising Stars Game.
Steph will get to show off all of his skills and will look to get one more up over Kyrie.
Paul George vs. James Harden
Two of the frontrunners for the 2018-19 MVP. Let's just put the trophy in the middle of them and the winner gets it.
Both in the form of their lives, with Harden riding a 31-game streak of scoring 30-plus points and George just torching teams on both ends of the floor.
If Giannis is wanting his team to play defence, George locking down The Beard will give his team a huge boost towards a win.
Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. LeBron James
The Greek Freak vs. The King. The battle of the captains and a player who has dominanted the NBA for 16 seasons against a player who is proving unstoppable each and every night.
Antetokounmpo will want to make a point he belongs as the captain of the All-Star team for years to come, and taking down The King will help make that case.
James, on the other hand, has ruled this land for countless years and can lead his side to glory once again. If he's to claim another MVP, he'll move into a three-way tie at the top with Kobe Bryant and Bob Pettit with four.
Paul George has been on an absolute tear of late along with James Harden, who can't seem to stop scoring 30 or more points.
But it's Stephen Curry and his limitless range that will thrive when the ball game gets underway.
Curry has the dazzling moves to bring the crowd up and out of their seats and when he gets hot, good luck slowing him down.
Another to keep a close eye on is Russell Westbrook. After being a part of the first ever ASG player trade, he could have a point to prove against Team LeBron.
Where to Watch
Date: Sunday, Feb. 17
Location: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (15th appearance) received the most votes for this year's All-Star game voting - 4,620,809.
Having received the most votes in the league, James was named the captain and was given the first pick in the league's first-ever televised All-Star Draft.
|1.||Kevin Durant||Golden State Warriors||10th|
|3.||Kyrie Irving||Boston Celtics||6th|
|5.||Kawhi Leonard||Toronto Raptors||3rd|
|7.||James Harden||Houston Rockets||7th|
|10.||Anthony Davis||New Orleans Pelicans||6th|
|12.||Klay Thompson||Golden State Warriors||5th|
|14||Damian Lillard||Portland Trail Blazers||4th|
|16.||Russell Westbrook*||Oklahoma City Thunder||8th|
|18.||LaMarcus Aldridge||San Antonio Spurs||7th|
|20.||Karl-Anthony Towns||Minnesota Timberwolves||2nd|
|22.||Bradley Beal||Washington Wizards||2nd|
|23.||Dwyane Wade||Miami Heat||13th|
In the East, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (3rd appearance) received the most votes (4,375,747), making him the captain of the other All-Star team.
|2.||Stephen Curry||Golden State Warriors||6th|
|4.||Joel Embiid||Philadelphia 76ers||2nd|
|6.||Paul George||Oklahoma City Thunder||6th|
|8.||Kemba Walker||Charlotte Hornets||3rd|
|9.||Khris Middleton||Milwaukee Bucks||Debut|
|11.||Nikola Jokic||Denver Nuggets||Debut|
|13.||Ben Simmons*||Philadelphia 76ers||Debut|
|15.||Blake Griffin||Detroit Pistons||6th|
|17.||D'Angelo Russell||Brooklyn Nets||Debut|
|19.||Nikola Vucevic||Orlando Magic||Debut|
|21.||Kyle Lowry||Toronto Raptors||5th|
|23.||Dirk Nowitzki||Dallas Mavericks||14th|
Last Time They Played
Date: Feb. 17, 2018
Score: Team LeBron 148, Team Stephen 145
Team LeBron: LeBron James - 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists on 12-of-17 shooting.
Team Stephen: DeMar DeRozan - 21 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals on 7-of-13 shooting.