Expert Final Thoughts: NBA All-Star Saturday, Slam Dunk, Skills & 3-Point Competition

Aaron Gordon

Kevin Stott

Saturday, February 18, 2017 5:50 PM UTC

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 5:50 PM UTC

Before the All-Star Game the eyes of the basketball world turn to the Saturday's activities. Online sportsbook Bovada has odds for Friday’s Rising Stars Challenge and Saturday’s three events so let’s look at the latest numbers and make picks.

To Bet Or Not to Bet, That is the Question...

I’d tell you a tale of a day when a 5-foot-7, 133-pound man won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, but in the age of Slenderman and Alternative Facts, best to let your SmartPhone show you the video one day for Truth to penetrate your Digital Age cranium. With the 2017 NBA All-Star Game set for the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Sunday, NBA All-Star Saturday (TNT, 8 p.m. ET) offers up the Slam Dunk Contest, Three-Point Contest and Skills Challenge. Here are some of the NBA odds for Saturday's festivities as posted by Bovada.

Skills Challenge Odds

Isaiah Thomas +200

John Wall +225

Devin Booker +400

Gordon Hayward +800

Anthony Davis +1000

Kristaps Porzingis +120

DeMarcus Cousins +1400

Nikola Jokic +1400


Three-Point Contest Odds

Klay Thompson +110

Kyrie Irving +400

CJ McCollum +700

Kyle Lowry +900

Eric Gordon +900

Nick Young +900

Kemba Walker +1200

Wes Matthews +1200


Slam Dunk Contest Odds

Aaron Gordon -150

Derek Jones Jr. +120

Glenn Robinson III +750

Andre Drummond +1100



In the Skills Challenge Saturday, Wizards blur John Wall (+225 to Win Skills Challenge, Bovada) is the call as the Kentucky product won’t want to let New Point Guard On The Block Isaiah Thomas (+200) show him up.

The Three-Point Challenge may be more competitive than the odds hint, but fading deadeye Klay Thompson (+110 to win Three-Point Contest) of the Warriors seems foolish in the NBA picks. And in the watered-down Slam Dunk Contest, backing chalk Aaron Gordon (-110 to win Slam Dunk) of the Orlando Magic seems to be wise as a left knee ACL injury to two-time defending champion Zach LaVine of the Timberwolves has opened up this chance for the 21-year-old Arizona product to finally get his trophy.

We kindly remind you to join SBR's forum and discuss your picks for All-Star Weekend.



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