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2017 NBA All-Star Weekend Saturday Night Odds

The NBA is unique for many reasons, but the league’s All-Star Weekend is a hit with fans, players and the media every year. Unlike other all-star festivities (looking at you, Pro Bowl) the superstars actually want to be there, and it shows.

With the biggest party of the hoops calendar set to descend upon New Orleans on the weekend of February 17-19, oddsmakers have already started gearing up for the best part of the show: Saturday night. On Thursday, Bovada released odds on the potential outcomes of the Slam Dunk Contest and Three-Point Contest.

Here’s a breakdown of each event:

Slam Dunk Contest

It’s going to be hard to top the 2016 edition of the Slam Dunk Contest, as Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine put on a fantastic show in what’s been called one of the best dunk contests in NBA history. In case you forgot, here’s a refresher:

Gordon is a heavy -155 favorite to win the title this year. With LaVine out for the season with a knee injury, Derrick Jones Jr. (+130), DeAndre Jordan (+800) and Glenn Robinson III (+900) were chosen to compete in the crown jewel of All-Star Weekend.

The Orlando Magic forward looked extremely comfortable in his first appearance a year ago and he’ll be even more loose this time around. If the 21-year-old returns with some new tricks up his sleeve, it’s going to take a herculean effort from anyone else to snatch the crown.

Don’t sleep on Jones Jr., though. While he’s far from a household name, this dude has some serious hops. NBA.com labeled the Phoenix Suns rookie “the best dunker you’ve never seen” last week, and it’s a fair designation for the UNLV product. Jones Jr. is a role player on a cellar-dwelling team, so he’s not used to getting the spotlight, but I expect him to raise some eyebrows in Louisiana. The +130 price isn’t great value, however he has the best shot to upset Gordon and claim the bragging rights.

Jordan is listed at +800 for a reason. The L.A. Clippers center is an absolute beast, but I’m not expecting much out of him in the dunk contest. Big men have a poor history in this event, and it’s hard for a player who’s six-foot-11 to be as creative as his smaller counterparts.

Three-Point Contest

The Three-Point Contest is as much of a toss-up bet as you’ll find. Any shooter can get hot at the right time and win the award, so it all comes down to who’s got the best shooting stroke in the moment. The 2016 champion Klay Thompson is a +110 favorite to repeat, while Kyrie Irving (+400), CJ McCollum (+800), Kyle Lowry (+900), Eric Gordon (+900), Nick Young (+900), Kemba Walker (+1100) and Wes Matthews (+1100) are also available to wager on.

There have been some major surprises in the Three-Point Contest over the years, as names like Marco Belinelli, James Jones, Daequan Cook, Jason Kapono, Quentin Richardson and Voshon Lenard have all won the hardware since 2000.

In what’s likely a direct correlation to the addition of Kevin Durant, Thompson’s three-point numbers are down from last year. The Golden State Warriors shooting guard is connecting on 40.9 percent of his looks from downtown, slightly lower than his 2015-16 average of 42.5. Thompson is no stranger to the spotlight and is undoubtedly one of the best shooters in the game today, so I expect him to hang around until the very end once again.

Irving and Gordon are the best value picks on the board, in my opinion. Irving’s numbers from downtown aren’t as good as Thompson’s (38.5 percent) but he’s averaging a career-high in points (24.3 points per game) and, more importantly, he has a ring on his finger now. The former Duke Blue Devil has transformed into one of the most clutch performers in the Association, and it’s only a matter of time before he adds the three-point title to his ever-growing trophy collection.

After struggling to find his footing for the first seven years of his career, Gordon is experiencing a resurgence under Mike D’Antoni in Houston. Gordon is second in the NBA in made treys behind only Stephen Curry with 181, but more importantly, he’s stayed healthy, something he’s had a hard time doing in the past. I wouldn’t be surprised if the shooting guard kept his red-hot play going in New Orleans.

2017 NBA All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest Odds

Odds as of February 17 at Bovada

  • Aaron Gordon -150
  • Derrick Jones Jr. +120
  • Glenn Robinson III +750
  • DeAndre Jordan +1100
2017 NBA All-Star Weekend Three-Point Contest Odds

Odds as of February 17 at Bovada

  • Klay Thompson +110
  • Kyrie Irving +400
  • CJ McCollum +700
  • Kyle Lowry +900
  • Eric Gordon +900
  • Nick Young +900
  • Kemba Walker +1200
  • Wes Matthews +1200
2017 NBA All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Challenge MVP Odds

Odds as of February 17 at Bovada

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (USA) +250
  • Devin Booker (USA) +300
  • Kristaps Porzingis (World) +500
  • D’Angelo Russell (USA) +700
  • Nikola Jokic (World) +1000
  • Myles Turner (USA) +1400
  • Malcolm Brogdon (USA) +2000
  • Dario Saric (World) +2000
  • Buddy Hield (World) +2000
  • Jamal Murray (World) +2000
  • Brandon Ingram (USA) +2200
  • Trey Lyles (World) +2800
  • Jahlil Okafor (USA) +3300
  • Willy Hernangomez (World) +3300
  • Frank Kaminsky (USA )+3300
  • Jonathon Simmons (USA) +4000
  • Marquese Chriss (USA) +5000
  • Danté Exum (World) +5000
  • Domantas Sabonis (World) +5000
  • Alex Abrines (World) +5000
2017 NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge

Odds as of February 17 at Bovada

  • Isaiah Thomas (BOS) +200
  • John Wall (WAS) +225
  • Devin Booker (PHO) +400
  • Gordon Hayward (UTA) +800
  • Anthony Davis (NO) +1000
  • Kristaps Porzingis (NY) +1200
  • DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) +1400
  • Nikola Jokic (DEN) +1400