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Star game will return to the Bay Area for the second time in two years on Tuesday night, with the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers set to clash in front of a record-setting crowd at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.ESPN.com is hosting its All-NBA team on Monday night, as ESPN.com’s Stephen A. Smith breaks down the lineup and the top five players from each team.
Here’s what you need to know about the NBA All Star game, which begins at 7:00 p.m.
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The Warriors, who have a 3-0 record in their last three games, are the first team to ever take the field without All-Stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes, while the Spurs are coming off a season in which they made the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
The Spurs, who are in a tie for first place in the West, are playing their first All-star game since the 2006 All-stars game, a 6-4 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
The Spurs are also the only team not to have an All-time leading scorer.
The Lakers, who play in a playoff series with the Houston Rockets, are hoping to avoid their first loss in a month when they visit the Warriors in San Jose.
Los Angeles is averaging 109.9 points per game, the second-highest mark in the NBA, and leads the league with 12.2 rebounds per game.
The Lakers are coming out with a much-improved defensive effort, allowing just 1.7 points per 100 possessions.
They rank third in the league in points allowed per 100 minutes (8.8), sixth in steals per game (3.2) and eighth in assists per game (.532).
The Spurs have allowed the NBA’s fifth-fewest field goals per game this season, and they are also sixth in field goal percentage defense.
The Warriors have allowed their opponents to shoot 50 percent or better from the field, which ranks fourth in the NFL.
The Rockets, who played in their first postseason game since 2010, have dropped their last five games and are averaging 95.6 points per contest, which is tied for sixth-best in the East.
Houston has been without injured starters Kevin Martin (sore left ankle), Chandler Parsons (concussion) and Eric Gordon (concussions) since their second game in six days.
The Cavs are playing without Kyrie Irving, who is dealing with a sprained right ankle.
They are averaging 103.8 points and 12.7 assists per contest and have lost two of three.
The Suns are averaging 97.2 points and 14.2 assists per outing.
They won’t have Kyrie or J.J. Redick, who were both in attendance Tuesday night.
The Suns are allowing teams to shoot 53.2 percent from the floor, which was the third-worst mark in NBA history.
The Pelicans are playing the first game in franchise history without Anthony Davis, who was limited to 14 games due to an injury in the final game of the regular season.
The Pelicans are allowing the NBA lead in defensive rating (101.1) to slip to 113.4.
The Kings are playing for the third straight year without Isaiah Thomas, who will miss the second half of the season with a broken bone in his right hand.
Thomas, a 7-footer, averages a team-leading 17.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg and 5.9 apg in 20.4 minutes per game while shooting 57.7 percent from 3-point range.
The Kings are shooting 40.6 percent from beyond the arc, which tops the NBA.
The Grizzlies, who finished last in the Western Conference and are trying to win a franchise-record ninth consecutive regular-season series, are having their worst season since 2009-10, when they finished with the third worst record in the Eastern Conference.
The Knicks are playing in their fifth All-DLC game, where they’re expected to play the Lakers for the fifth time.
The Pacers have a winning record in six straight games, including five straight against the defending champions.
The Pacers are winning 57.3 percent of their games at home, and a 10-3 mark in their past eight matchups against the Lakers.
The Celtics are holding opponents to 48.3 shooting from the 3-line, which ties the NBA record set in 2016-17.
The Pistons are playing just their second season under coach Stan Van Gundy,