Stephen Curry (GSW): 2/1
Kevin Love (Minnesota): 4/1
Arron Afflalo (Orleans): 5/1
Kyrie Irving (Cleveland): 11/2
Damian Lillard (Portland): 6/1
Marco Belinelli (San Antonio): 6/1
Bradley Beal (WAS): 15/2
Joe Johnson (BRK): 10/1
The Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving wants to defend his title and dares to dream that he could in fact, equal or surpass the legendary Larry Bird and the not-so-legendary Craig Hodges, and their three consecutive NBA Three-Point Contest titles. But I’m skeptical to say the least. Irving has not exactly been making it rain from beyond the arc this season and I’m tossing the defending champ out of the mix.
I know Kevin Love won this big deal back in 2012 but the big man just isn’t convincing me he can do it again. His 37 percent three-point shooting is eerily similar to his percentage in 2012 but it won’t be good enough to win the day this year.
I am tossing out all the other pretenders to this year’s Three-Point throne and picking my man, the Italian Stallion – Marco Belinelli. At 6-1 in your NBA All-Star betting odds he offers solid value and is currently draining treys at a rate of almost 45 percent.
Make sure you get your bad self down on Marco Belinelli at 6-1 at Bet365.com.
Slam Dunk Contest
Paul George (Indiana): 2/1
Terrence Ross (Toronto): 7/2
John Wall (Washington): 5/1
Harrison Barnes (Golden State): 11/2
Ben McLemore (Sacramento): 6/1
Damian Lillard (Portland): 13/2
So who will be this season’s Doctor Dunkenstein? Everybody loves Indiana’s Paul George but he will have to wrest the crown from the Raptors’ Terrence Ross. We will immediately toss out second-year man Damian Lillard who is participating in five events over the weekend and will be selling souvenirs and hot pretzels in between. The kid will be dead on his feet and in order to win this gravity defying event, the pistons will have to be pumping on all cylinders to take flight.
While Paul George has the name and fame attached to his NBA betting odds, I am going to go for the dark horse in this one. My main man from the Bay Area Harrison Barnes is my choice to take home the hardware. Barnes has been a disappointment this season and spends much of his time on the pine after an exciting rookie campaign. He was named to the All-Rookie first team but has swooned this season. This former UNC product is the real deal and has a deceptive brand of explosiveness which will light up the contest this season.
Let all the squares send it in on Paul George or Terrence Ross. You’re smart, informed and one sharp mother jumper. And that’s why Harrison Barnes will bring home the cash in this season’s NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
Play Barnes at 11-2 at Bet365.com in your NBA picks.
Betting All-Star games is a bit like picking your lottery numbers. You’ve got a gut instinct and you roll with it only the odds are much better when you have only two choices. I had the same predicament when I joined SBR’s proverbial legend Peter Loshak on his podcast discussing the NFL’s much maligned Pro Bowl game.
In that podcast I ventured that team Rice would prevail and so would the Under. I was, for a moment and only a moment, an avid disciple of that crazy tout Wayne Allen Root who let’s everyone else do the research and he just goes the opposite way. I went all contrarian on his ass and I cashed on both counts.
I am going in the same direction in my NBA All-Star game picks and will take the underdog Eastern Conference +6 and an Under 292 at Bet365.com.
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