NBA All-Star Weekend Odds, Picks, Previews: Your Cheat Sheet for 3-Point Contest, All-Star Game, More
Tyler Kaufman/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: A generic basketball photo of the Official Wilson basketball during NBA All Star Weekend.
It’s NBA All-Star weekend and while most of the league is taking a break during the festivities, our analysts are busy like the All-Stars in action tonight and Sunday.
They are breaking down their favorite best for the Skills Challenge, 3-Points Competition, Slam Dunk Contest and All-Star Game.
Read on for your one-stop shop guide to All-Star Weekend.
Saturday Night NBA All-Star Events
NBA Skills Challenge
The Skills Challenge is another event that will look different this All-Star weekend. Instead of individual players competing, there will be three teams with three players each looking to amass enough points to make it through three rounds. The two teams leading in points after three rounds go head-to-head in the final round.
The Rookies (Cade Cunningham, Scottie Barnes and Josh Giddey) are the favorites at +160 ahead of the Cavaliers (Jarrett Allen, Darius Garland and Evan Mobley) who are +170 and the Antetokounmpo brothers (Giannis, Thanasis and Alex) listed at +200.
Our NBA crew is aligned on one team in this contest. Check out how they are betting it here.
NBA 3-Point Contest
This year’s 3-Point field is nine-deep with a mix of veteran players and young guys. Luke Kennard has overtaken the early favorite, Patty Mills, at nearly every sportsbook to win the competition.
Three of our experts are leaning toward the same winner in this and our own Matt Moore gave a detailed breakdown of every player’s case for winning based on their shooting numbers this season.
Check out the best bets from our crew here.
NBA Slam Dunk Contest
The final event of the night features just four participants. Rookie Jalen Green of the Houston Rockets, Obi Toppin of the New York Knicks, Cole Anthony of the Orlando Magic and Juan Toscano-Anderson of the Golden State Warriors will compete in the Dunk Contest.
Toppin is the lone repeat dunker, after falling short of the crown last season and he leads the group in total dunks on the season with 72.
Take a look at how our NBA crew is approaching Saturday’s Slam Dunk Contest.
Sunday Night NBA All-Star Events
2022 NBA All-Star Game
Since the NBA switched from the Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format to team captains in 2018, LeBron James has dominated the All-Star Game.
LeBron is undefeated as the general manager of his squad — he’s 4-0 straight up in the All-Star Game and 3-1 against the spread over that span. The only game his team didn’t cover was the 2020 All-Star Game, which was the first time we saw the Elam Ending implemented.
The All-Star Game often has an inflated total since there’s less of an emphasis on defense.
Betting the over in the NBA’s famed exhibition game has typically been profitable — overs were 9-5 before the the introduction of the Elam Ending — and the adjustment hasn’t impacted that outcome with the over hitting in both All-Star Games with the new format.
NBA All-Star Game MVP Odds
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