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2018 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 Los Angeles this weekend, oddsmakers are gearing up for the best part of the show: Saturday night. To get things kicked off, Bovada released odds on the potential outcomes of the Slam Dunk Contest, Three-Point Contest and Skills Competition.

Here’s a breakdown of each event:

Slam Dunk Contest

The 2018 edition of the Slam Dunk Contest features a pair of rookies (Dennis Smith Jr. and Donovan Mitchell), a big man with some serious hops (Larry Nance Jr.) and a breakout star who’s participated in the contest before (Victor Oladipo). The sportsbook opened Smith as the +170 favorite, with Mitchell (+220), Nance (+265) and Oladipo (+400) all available at a better price.

Smith stands six-foot-three, but he can already go toe to toe with the best dunkers in the game in his rookie season. The North Carolina State product has been a human highlight reel for the Dallas Mavericks, and it wouldn’t be a shock to see most of his dunks start outside the three-point line.

If Larry Nance Jr. wins, he would become the first son of a dunk contest champion to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Mitchell was added to the lineup after dunk contest veteran Aaron Gordon pulled out of the event due to a hamstring injury, but the 21-year-old is no slouch. Mitchell has been a sensation in Utah this year and would be the runaway Rookie of the Year favorite if Ben Simmons wasn’t in the conversation. This won’t be Mitchell’s last appearance in the dunk contest regardless of how he performs.

If Nance can pull off a victory on Saturday, he would become the first son of a dunk contest champion to follow in his father’s footsteps. Nance, who was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers a week ago, is one of the best young athletes in the Association right now. The dunk contest hasn’t been kind to big men, but the six-foot-nine Nance could easily flip the script on that storyline.

Oladipo was a participant in the 2015 dunk contest but eventually fell to Zach LaVine in the final round. Oladipo is enjoying a breakout season for the Indiana Pacers and has an uncanny ability underneath the rim, so don’t be surprised if he pulls this off despite being the +400 long shot.

The pick: Donovan Mitchell +220

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. Golden State Warriors sharpshooter and 2016 champion Klay Thompson is the +210 favorite, with 2017 winner Eric Gordon (+450), Devin Booker (+550), Paul George (+650), Wayne Ellington (+700), Bradley Beal (+750), Kyle Lowry (+1000) and Tobias Harris (+1100) also available to wager on.

Klay Thompson is a career 42.3 percent three-point shooter and is making a career-high 45.4 percent from beyond the arc in 2017-18.

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.

Besides George, Thompson is easily the most recognizable name on the list, which means the shooting guard will likely garner the most action at sportsbooks. Thompson is a career 42.3 percent three-point shooter and is making a career-high 45.4 percent from beyond the arc in 2017-18. Gordon hasn’t taken his foot off the gas pedal either, as the veteran is making 3.0 threes per game on 42.3 percent accuracy this season.

The biggest sleeper is easily Ellington. The Miami Heat guard is averaging a career-high 11.2 points per game this year and is shooting 2.9 threes per game on a 39.2 percent clip. The +700 price is certainly tasty for a player performing that well.

The pick: Eric Gordon +450

Skills Challenge

The Skills Challenge is the red-headed stepchild of All-Star Weekend, but that doesn’t mean bettors can’t find value in betting it. Lou Williams is the +350 front-runner to claim the hardware this weekend, with Jamal Murray (+400), Al Horford (+500), Spencer Dinwiddie (+550), Joel Embiid (+600), Buddy Hield (+600) Lauri Markkanen (+700) and Andre Drummond (+900) rounding out the field.

Lauri Markkanen reached 100 career three-pointers in just 41 games, becoming the quickest ever to attain that mark.

Kristaps Porzingis is the reigning champion of the event but unfortunately won’t be around this season due to an ACL injury. With Karl-Anthony Towns winning the Skills Challenge in 2016, big men have recently dominated the event. The competition tests ball-handling, passing and shooting ability, so picking a player who’s proficient in all three categories is the best strategy.

Markkanen reached 100 career three-pointers in just 41 games, becoming the quickest ever to attain that mark. “Baby Dirk” possesses all of the skills to perform in the Skills Challenge, so take the +700 value and run.

The pick: Lauri Markkanen +700

2018 NBA All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest Odds

Odds as of February 14 at Bovada

  • Dennis Smith Jr. +170
  • Donovan Mitchell +220
  • Larry Nance Jr. +265
  • Victor Oladipo +400
2018 NBA All-Star Weekend Three-Point Contest Odds

Odds as of February 14 at Bovada

  • Klay Thompson +210
  • Eric Gordon +450
  • Devin Booker +550
  • Paul George +650
  • Wayne Ellington +700
  • Bradley Beal +750
  • Kyle Lowry +1000
  • Tobias Harris +1100
2018 NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge Odds

Odds as of February 14 at Bovada

  • Lou Williams +350
  • Jamal Murray +400
  • Al Horford +500
  • Spencer Dinwiddie +550
  • Buddy Hield +600
  • Joel Embiid +600
  • Lauri Markkanen +700
  • Andre Drummond +900

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