stature, has won twice. This includes last year's contest, where he leaped over the towering Dwight Howard before executing a one-handed slam dunk while dressed in a
New York, NY (PRWEB) February 12, 2010
Though this year's All-Star Game is scheduled on Valentine's Day and features the most beloved personalities in the NBA, the league's looming trade deadline means there will be plenty of breakup talk this February 14. Between conjecture about who will be wearing new uniforms who will shine in the weekend's showcase events, it's been a hoops-heavy time for the text-messaging prediction community at Snackable Media's Predicto Mobile.
Boston's Ray Allen is an NBA Champion and a nine-time All-Star himself, yet this season there's much debate about whether or not the Celtics will trade his contract before this year's February 18 deadline. At 34, the sharpshooter who lit up the big screen in Spike Lee's "He Got Game" may be losing some of his edge. Aside from big men like Kareem and Shaq, whose height is an advantage that doesn't vanish, few quick guards have been able to maintain their level of play past age 35. Nevertheless, 61% of Predicto Mobile voters say that Boston will not let go of Allen in the coming week.
An even greater show of support is likely to turn out for the All-Star Game itself, which will take place at the new, state-of-the-art Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Since everything's bigger in the Lone Star State, attendance is expected to shatter the current league record of 62,000. With some outlets projecting that as many as 80,000 people could be on hand this year, 69% of the Predicto Mobile community agrees that a new NBA attendance record will be set on Sunday.
One event as entertaining as the actual game is the annual Slam Dunk contest, where select NBA ballers show off high-flying attacks on the hoop, to the awe and accolades of fans and fellow players. New York Knick Nate Robinson, despite his 5'9" stature, has won twice. This includes last year's contest, where he leaped over the towering Dwight Howard before executing a one-handed slam dunk while dressed in a "Kryptonite" outfit, presumably to counter Howard's "Superman" handle. Will "Nate the Great" soar once more? 62% of Predicto voters think he'll successfully defend his title. Yet the Predicto member who commented via SMS that "No one has won three slam dunk titles, not even Michael Jordan," may prove more accurate. Speculation at press time suggests that Robinson may actually withdraw from the contest to nurse a nagging injury.
As for Sunday's main event, the Eastern and Western Conference have traded victories over the past four years. According to Predicto, this trend will continue, as 54% voting think that the East will avenge 2009's loss and win this year's All-Star Game. The beast of that East squad, LeBron James, is favored to snag the MVP as well, with 51% of Predicto votes giving him a decided advantage. James' anticipated showdown against Kobe Bryant, however, may not go down as planned, with Bryant's ankle still hurting.
Even more damaged than Robinson or Bryant is the collective ego of the New Jersey Nets, who head into the All-Star break with an abysmal record of 4-48. After the first month of this season, when the team set a new record for worst start in NBA history, Predicto members were asked whether the Nets would eke out 10 wins before March 1. 55% didn't think they would do it, a lack of confidence that seems likely to hold true. Even "Jersey Shore" leading lady Snooki wouldn't give it up for these underachievers.
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