NBA All-Star Betting Preview
Starting off the NBA All-Star festivities is the fun and fast paced Skills Challenge. For those who do not know the challenge tests a players speed, accuracy and transition skills. This year's competition features a mixture of small/fast guards and imposing big men. Big men have not had much success in the competition in the past, making DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns risky picks. Looking at remaining crowd of players, a great pick to win is C.J McCollum. McCollum - who at +350 - is becoming a big star, has the well rounded skills and high level of excitement a player needs to win.
Slam Dunk Contest
Playing second fiddle in the All-Star skills competition for the first time in its thirty year existence, the Dunk Contest is now the lead up event to the night's three point contest finale. Last year's winner - Zach LaVine - is the heavy favourite at -300, but this year he faces some stiff competition specifically from a certain big man. Look for Andre Drummond at - +800 - to steal the show. Twice in the last half decade a Power Forward/Center won the contest. Look for Andre Drummond to join Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin as recent winners towering over 2 metres tall.
Three Point Contest
Stephen Curry – maybe the greatest three point shooter of all-time enters the contest as the favourite but at a money line of even is not the sexiest pick. The two big men – Chris Bosh and Kris Middleton – are long shots at +1600, but should be fun to watch. A good sleeper pick is JJ Redick at +450. Redick has been helping the Clippers afloat amidst Blake Griffin's injury by shooting the ball lights out. His hot hand should continue on Saturday night.
The early line for the game has the Western Conference team favoured by -4.5 to -6, depending on where you bet. Both teams are stacked with Superstars and the game will be ridiculously high scoring (likely over 300 points in total). The West has won 4 of the last 5 games, by an average of 5 points. This year though for the first time in a decade or so the Eastern Conference is just as good - if not better - than the Western Conference. Take the East on Sunday night. Now it is time to pick the game's MVP. Even though we are taking the East, we think the game's MVP is going to come from the Western conference. Steph Curry is currently favoured to win All-Star MVP, but he is not our pick to win the honour. The best pick is for the 38 year old Kobe Bryant - at +700 - to take MVP honours. Bryant is expected to retire after the season and will be given plenty of chances in his final All-Star appearance of his Hall-of-Fame bound career.
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