Feb 16, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Western Conference forward Kevin Durant (35) of the Oklahoma City Thunder and guard Kobe Bryant (24) of the Los Angeles Lakers react during practice for the 2013 NBA All-Star game at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

NBA All-Star Game 2013 Prediction: Why the West will beat the East

The 62nd NBA All-Star Game will take place tonight in Houston, Texas at 8 p.m. EST.

Just about all of the stars will be out with the Western Conference being led by Kevin Durant and the Eastern Conference LeBron James.

The Western Conference won the game last year 152-49 and Durant was named MVP after scoring 36 points to lead his team.

Who is going to win this year? Can the West take down the East again?

The biggest change this year is Dwight Howard switching over to the Western Conference. This may not be a good thing for the West though because Howard is known for not trying very hard in these games and becoming more of a hindrance than anything else.

Rajon Rondo was voted to start at point guard for the Eastern Conference but will obviously not anymore. Chris Bosh is replacing Rondo in the starting lineup which means LeBron will essentially start at point guard.

LeBron is having one of the best seasons of his career and currently in a stretch of games where he is playing better than ever. He will obviously start the game trying to get others involved. Don’t be surprised if we see LeBron with five-plus assists after the first quarter.

This game is always dominated by point guards and the West have the best in the league in Chris Paul. Paul might not take a single shot tonight but he will be as good as anyone at getting players open shots for highlights and three-pointers.

Durant is the favorite to take home the MVP tonight because he is just so unstoppable in an All-Star Game atmosphere. With the defense lightening up as much as it will, Durant can’t help but take advantage and torch it. He became the first player ever to score 30 points or more in consecutive All-Star Games and don’t be surprised if he does so again tonight.

The West has an advantage with their bench players. The East had more make it because of great defense while the West has more scoring off their pine.

James Harden in particular will look to have a huge game. He is playing in what is now his home city of Houston and will be very aggressive trying to score a lot without a doubt.

The All-Star Game is often a time for the game’s best player to prove that he is just that on the biggest stage. That guy is LeBron right now and it is just about guaranteed that he will have a monster night.

The Western Conference is just so much deeper though and they have Durant and better point guards. LeBron won’t be able to overcome them on his own so expect the West to come away with the victory in this one.

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