How To Bet The 2019 NBA Slam Dunk Competition

Thursday, February 14, 2019 2:23 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 2:23 PM UTC

The NBA Slam Dunk Contest is right around the corner and the odds have already been released on each contestant to win the headline event of All-Star Saturday Night. 

<p>As it stands, John Collins, Miles Bridges, Dennis Smith Jr. and Hamidou Diallo are the four slated participants. And while Dennis Smith is the favorite, I think it’s very likely the winner is someone who’s relatively unknown to the general NBA fan.</p><p>I’ll start by adding that dunk competitions are judged and as we’ve seen (Aaron Gordon’s snub in 2016), contestants can win based on individual opinions and not necessarily what the public views as most impressive. So take any predictions you hear with a grain of salt because it’s dependent on the player making the dunks, the crowds influence on the player and the actual difficulty and look of the dunk. In all reality, one-third of the dunk competition is the degree of difficulty, while the other two-thirds are how charismatic, electric and exciting you can make it.</p><p>So if I was looking at the dunk contest, I’d be looking at what the odds of each dunker has and then combining that with what we know of the player’s dunk history. Obviously, Smith Jr. has been in an NBA dunk contest and has experience participating in others previous to the NBA. That’s most likely the reason he’s the odds-on favorite. However, if you look at the field, Collins can get up and has reportedly had the help of legendary dunk-contest winner Vince Carter, Miles Bridges has the home court advantage and has displayed some incredible dunks before and during games and Hamidou Diallo has highlight dunk tapes dating back to his high school days. All four have a chance to win and all four have a very similar chance given the nature of the competition.</p><p><font color="#000000">[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;My guy &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@hamidoudiallo&lt;/a&gt; working on some of the Dunk Contest tricks. This is my pick if you didn’t know &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#ThunderUp&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— SneakerReporter (@SneakerReporter) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;February 7, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</font></p><p>But, if I was to rank them, I’d likely have Hamidou Diallo as my odds-on favorite. A late add to the competition, Diallo possesses incredible verticality in his dunks that can be visually stunning. He’s got that Derrick Jones Jr. feel, where he’s almost walking on air. That sort of ability makes you stand out and as long as you nail the dunks first time, it should really standout.</p><p><font color="#000000">[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;“If you know, you know” &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#ThunderUp&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— SneakerReporter (@SneakerReporter) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;January 30, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n\n"}[/]</font></p><p>Behind Diallo, I’d likely have Smith Jr. but wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t make it to the second round and if that’s the case, you have to think Miles Bridges and John Collins both have cases. Collins because of the potential Vince tribute and what that would bring and Bridges due to his variety of dunks and the crowd’s influence on them.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" target="_blank" title="NBA All-Star Game Odds">Check Out The Live Odds For The NBA All-Star Here</a></h2>
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