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The NBA’s marquee All-Star weekend

Top-class: Rival skippers LeBron James and Stephen Curry will once again duke it out in the All-Stars weekend.  

The NBA’s annual mid-season jamboree, the 2018 All-Star weekend, kicks off on Saturday at the Staples Center, the home of the Lakers and the Clippers NBA teams.

This weekend, Los Angeles will host the 67th NBA All-Star game on February 18. For the first time, the All-Star game features 24 players who were selected based on a new format which will not be based on the traditional conference based teams.

Two captains — who were chosen based on the highest online votes polled by fans — LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors went on to pick the rest of their 11 teammates.

The best player in the All-Star game is awarded an All-Star MVP award. The reigning All-Star MVP from 2017 is Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Other events in the weekend include the Rookie-Sophomore game to be played as US versus the Rest of the World (on Friday evening), the Slam Dunk and the Three point shooting competitions on Saturday.

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