2016 NBA All-Star Saturday Odds and Picks
The 2016 NBA All-Star weekend officially got started on Friday night with the All-Star Celebrity game, but it never really gets going until the betting starts.
NBA fans can bet like crazy come this weekend, when some of the league’s top stars will be competing in the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest, the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and the 65th annual All-Star game, itself.
Let’s take a look at the first two main events on Saturday night and consider the main bets fans can partake in while they enjoy the weekend:
Slam Dunk Contest
In a sense bigger than any other part of the All-Star weekend, the Slam Dunk contest is at the very worst the most hyped portion. Zach Lavine rocked our basketball-loving worlds last year en route to his dunking title and the Minnesota Timberwolves returns to defend his championship on Saturday night.
Lavine displayed immense athletic ability, versatility and creativity in a big win last year and against a weak overall field, he’ll enter as the heavy favorite (-300). The field really isn’t overly scary, either, with Andre Drummond (+850) as the longest shot, Will Barton (+550) feeling like a random throw-in and Aaron Gordon (+400) feeling like the only real challenger here.
Did the NBA set Lavine up to dominate the All-Star scene again? Probably, but no one will care because he was so awesome last year. The odds support betting on Lavine to light up the rim again, but if you must pick someone else, Gordon is your guy. Gordon has the size, length, athleticism and flair to dazzle his way to a slam dunk title.
Another title defense is on the line at the 2016 NBA All-Star weekend, as Stephen Curry returns to the Three-Point Contest in his bid to repeat as the shooting champ. All this guy is win stuff and hit try bombs these days, so we’re probably silly to even consider betting against him. Betting on him isn’t all that fun (or rewarding) however, with his +100 odds.
You may have more fun chasing another quality shooter in this contest, one that is jam-packed with elite sharpshooters. Curry’s stiffest competition includes teammate Klay Thompson (+400), J.J. Redick (+500) and Devin Booker (+750). C.J. McCollum (replacing Chris Bosh), Khris Middleton, Kyle Lowry and James Harden round out a very competitive field.
It’s very likely Curry shows up and takes the field out en route to the first back-to-back three-point champ since Jason Kapono, but fun bets could be Harden and Lowry, just because they’re two of the best ballers in the game. Redick and Thompson are safer plays with very good set shots, as well, and they could easily be in the running.
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