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2019 NBA All-Star Weekend: Saturday Night Betting Odds and Picks

NBA All-Star Saturday Betting Odds February 12

The novelty of the NBA’s All-Star Weekend may not have the luster of years past but the NBA still knows how to put on a show for its Saturday events. The annual tradition of watching basketball’s biggest stars compete in competitions like the Skills Challenge, Three-Point Shootout and Slam Dunk Contest still draws eyeballs and, most importantly, betting action.

Online sportsbook Bovada has released odds on which player will win each competition and has some familiar faces as the favorites, such as Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (+175) to win the Three-Point Shootout, Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox (+250) to win the Skills Competition and Knicks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. (+200) to win the Slam Dunk Contest.

Check out my betting previews for the Rising Stars Challenge, the Celebrity Game and the All-Star Game here. 

I went through each event and below are my best picks and long shots to get you paid:

Slam Dunk Contest

Can the NBA just let Duke’s Zion Williamson compete this year?

In all seriousness, Dennis Smith Jr. is the +200 favorite to win the Slam Dunk Contest and the second-year point guard had arguably the best dunk in the entire competition last year but ended up missing one of his first-round attempts and bowing out of the event. He was the +170 favorite in a field that was much better than this year’s participants and at +200, I love the value he’s offering. The book on DSJ was always that he had an incredible vertical leap with excellent body control in the air and I think he learned his lesson by getting knocked out early last year.

John Collins may have unbelievable hops but I don’t like taking big men in these types of competitions. It just doesn’t look as impressive for a six-foot-10 guy to do a windmill as when a six-footer does it. Another reason is the history of this competition. Only two players 6-10 or taller have won the Dunk Contest (Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard) and I think we can all agree that Collins is nowhere near the dunker that those two were in their prime.

Since the odds are so close between the four competitors, there isn’t a true dark horse in the field but if I had to make a second pick, I’d go with Miles Bridges. Bridges is about six-foot-eight with an explosive leap and has had some good in-game dunks on huge players. He hasn’t gotten a ton of minutes in Charlotte this year and being the hometown participant, he might have some more up his sleeve to steal the dunk crown.

The Pick: Dennis Smith Jr. +200

Three-Point Contest

The king of the three-point shot, Stephen Curry, is the largest favorite of the three competitions at +175 and why wouldn’t he be? He has single-handedly rewritten the record books for three-pointers made in a single quarter, game and season and took home the hardware in 2015 for this competition at Madison Square Garden.

He obviously would make a great choice but the one issue with this contest is that any random shooter can get hot. Marco Belinelli, James Jones, Daequan Cook, Jason Kapono, Quentin Richardson and Voshon Lenard have all won this competition since 2000 and I don’t think anyone is bouncing their grandkids on their knee any time soon to tell them how one of those guys is ranked as one of the greatest shooters of all time.

My money is on Devin Booker, the reigning winner of this event. Booker’s odds are at +450 and he has shown that he can get hot from the three-point line when he went 28 of 34 in the final round last year. I’m mainly taking him because of the odds and am using that same logic for hometown guard Kemba Walker. Walker would be a decent long-shot pick because his value is at +900 and he will have the Charlotte crowd cheering him on. Walker’s stats from three-point range are down this year but he routinely hits 38 percent from deep for a full season, so at that value, you can’t be faulted for wanting to take the home underdog.

The Pick: Devin Booker +450

Skills Challenge

While the growing sentiment is that the Skills Challenge is a little unnecessary for All-Star Saturday, the reality is the NBA has to fill airtime and give a challenge more suited for the point guards of the league. It can still be fun to watch NBA stars show their passing and shooting skills and that’s why point guards like De’Aaron Fox (+250), Luka Doncic (+325), Trae Young (+375) and Mike Conley (+500) are at the top of the oddsboard.

My pick to win would likely be Luka Doncic at +325 and it’s mainly about the fundamentals. European players typically have grueling training regimens before coming to the NBA and the fact that he was a professional since he was 16 means that he should be more polished in the passing and shooting parts of the obstacle course. Doncic is a personal favorite of mine so it’s difficult to bet against him.

My dark-horse pick to win would be Kyle Kuzma at +700. The six-foot-nine forward already has a great shooting form and for one of the bigger guys in the competition, he can run really fast, which is essential in a timed race to the finish. I wish I had more trends or reasoning to say why Kuzma would be a decent choice but that’s now how these competitions work. There’s a lot of randomness for an event that is only 16 years old and I can’t ignore the +700 value.

The Pick: Luka Doncic +325

2019 NBA All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest Odds
  • Dennis Smith Jr. +200 
  • John Collins +225
  • Miles Bridges +225
  • Hamidou Diallo +400
Odds as of February 12 at Bovada
2019 NBA All-Star Weekend Three-Point Contest Odds
  • Stephen Curry +175
  • Devin Booker +450
  • Buddy Hield +450
  • Seth Curry +550
  • Damian Lillard +900
  • Kemba Walker +900
  • Joe Harris +900
  • Danny Green +1200
  • Khris Middleton +1200
  • Dirk Nowitzki +1500
Odds as of February 12 at Bovada
2019 NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge Odds
  • De’Aaron Fox +250
  • Luka Doncic +325
  • Trae Young +375
  • Mike Conley +550
  • Nikola Jokic +600
  • Jayson Tatum +600
  • Kyle Kuzma +700
  • Nikola Vucevic +900
Odds as of February 12 at Bovada

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