The 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend begins on Friday night with the All-Star Celebrity Game at Madison Square Garden. The contest, which has been played every year since 2003, features 18 celebrities, including actors, actresses, former NBA players and current WNBA stars.
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and film director Spike Lee will coach against Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg of ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike.” Isaiah Austin, who played college basketball at Baylor, will serve as an assistant coach.
Last year’s game was highlighted by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. He set a Celebrity Game record by scoring 20 points, adding 11 rebounds and six assists. While Duncan led the East to a 60-56 victory over the West, comedian Kevin Hart was voted the game’s MVP by the fans.
Hart, who’s won the MVP three times, is back again in 2015. According to betting odds provided by Bovada.lv, he’s the most likely celebrity to score the game’s first points. Actor Chadwick Boseman and Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan are tied with the second-best odds.
Also returning from last year’s game is “NBA Inside Stuff” co-host Kristen Ledlow and WNBA player Skylar Diggins. Actor Michael Rapaport will play on Friday, having won the MVP in 2010.
Broadway star Keke Palmer will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the game. MAGIC! will perform their song "Rude” at halftime.
All-Star Weekend will take place at both Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden, but Friday night's game will be played at MSG. The game is set to start at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Viewers can watch a free live stream online with WatchESPN.
Below is the complete roster for the game, as well as the odds each celebrity has of scoring first. Not every celebrity has been assigned betting odds.
Kevin Hart (11/4)
Chadwick Boseman (5/1)
Abhishek Bachchan (5/1)
Anthony Anderson (6/1)
Nick Cannon (7/1)
Kristen Ledlow (7/1)
Robert Pera (15/2)
Michael Rapaport (8/1)
Ansel Elgort (12/1)
Win Butler (12/1)