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2021 NBA Slam Dunk Contest Betting Odds, 3pt Contest, Skills Challenge

Anfernee Simons is one of the options for 2021 Slam Dunk contest betting odds.

NBA All-Star Weekend will be abbreviated in 2021, with all events happening on Sunday, March 7, including those traditionally reserved for All-Star Saturday. This change of schedule will see the usual Saturday competitions happen before the annual all-star game and at halftime of the midseason exhibition.

One of the events that is always a treat for fans is the 2021 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, which will be done at halftime and features the New York Knicks’ Obi Toppin, the Portland Trail Blazers’ Anfernee Simons and the Indiana Pacers’ Cassius Stanley. Toppin opened as the +150 favorite in NBA Slam Dunk Contest betting odds.

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As for the Three-Point Contest, it’s a who’s who of shooters in the 2021 edition with Steph Curry, Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum among those battling to see who has the sweetest stroke from behind the arc. Curry opened as the +180 fave in Three-Point Contest odds.

Finally, the Skills Challenge will assess competitors in dribbling, passing and shooting drills through an obstacle course, with Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic opening as the +200 favorite. Doncic competed in this event in 2019 but lost in the second round to Trae Young.

Let’s break down each event and how bettors should approach them:

Who Will Win The 2021 NBA Slam Dunk Contest?

Odds To Win 2021 NBA Slam Dunk Contest
PlayerOdds
Obi Toppin+150
Anfernee Simons+175
Cassius Stanley+190

Odds as of March 5 at BetOnline

The New York Knicks’ Obi Toppin should likely be favored in 2021 Slam Dunk Contest betting odds at this stage mainly because of the hops he showed in college. Toppin was the NCAA National Player of the Year at Dayton in 2019-20 and it was not uncommon for him to throw windmills and between-the-legs dunks in-game. He hasn’t made as much of an impact on the court with the Knicks this season but has still shown flashes of the hops and explosiveness that made the Knicks draft him eighth overall.

Anfernee Simons and Cassius Stanley both have a decent vertical but handicapping for this event is difficult because you don’t know which competitor is going to hit his dunks. Too many times in past years, the favorite has been hyped up to come in and dominate (cough, Aaron Gordon, cough) but then was underwhelming, having a few missed opportunities before finally flushing it home.

With only three competitors this year and not enough of a sample size to accurately judge which competitor is the best dunker, I’m taking the player with the highest odds.

The Pick: Cassius Stanley (+190)


3-Point Contest Betting Odds

Odds To Win 2021 NBA Three-Point Contest
PlayerOdds
Stephen Curry+145
Zach LaVine+375
Mike Conley+500
Donovan Mitchell+550
Jayson Tatum+650
Jaylen Brown+650

Odds as of March 6 at BetOnline

Arguably the most stacked field for a Three-Point Contest in years, it makes perfect sense that Steph Curry, the greatest shooter of all time, would be favored. He last won this competition in 2015 in New York City and at +180 offers decent value compared to past years when he participated with odds as low as +110.

Out of everyone competing in the Three-Point Contest, it’s actually Zach LaVine who has the best three-point shooting percentage this season at 43.5 percent on an average of 8.1 attempts per game. He’s second on the oddsboard at +375 in his first time competing in the contest.

While it may be sacrilegious to bet against Curry in a three-point shooting contest, I’m looking at the Lavine to win it. Once Devin Booker got ruled out and replaced with Mike Conley, Lavine was an easy choice over the rest of the field and offers decent value at +375.

The Pick: Zach Lavine (+375)


NBA Skills Challenge Contest Odds

Odds To Win 2021 NBA Skills Challenge
PlayerOdds
Luka Doncic+200
Chris Paul+225
Domantas Sabonis+400
Robert Covington+500
Nikola Vucevic+650
Julius Randle+800

Odds as of March 5 at BetOnline

The 2021 NBA Skills Challenge is the one event where you could pick a name out of a hat and likely have just as much of a chance to pick the winner. The favorite over the last five years has only hit once and three of those contests were won by big men (Karl-Anthony Towns in 2016, Kristaps Porzingis in 2017 and Bam Adebayo in 2020).

That’s why if I had to pick, I’d go with someone like Domantas Sabonis (+400) or Julius Randle (+800). The common thread for all three of those centers who won the contest was they can handle the ball, hit a shot from behind the arc and make a crisp pass.

The one knock against this competition is that it’s a head-to-head battle with the winner moving on, and organizers typically like to pair up big men for the first round. With that in mind, I’ll likely side with Randle for the best value at +800 but keep track of how the league sets up the event bracket before placing a bet.

The Pick: Julius Randle (+800)