NBA Picks: NBA All-Star Weekend Betting Guide

Swinging Johnson

Saturday, February 16, 2013 1:58 PM GMT

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 1:58 PM GMT

All- Star Weekend is here and Saturday will feature the Slam Dunk as well as the 3-Point Shooting contest and then the East versus the West on Showtime Sunday.

NBA All -Star Betting Guide

3-Point Shooting Contest

So, there are six contestants in the long ball toss this year with Stephen Curry of the Warriors and Steve Novak of the Knicks installed as co-favorites at 5/2 but we're staying far away from the chalk in this one because we believe there's a dark horse in this field and if you've got a hunch bet a bunch. Maybe bet a bunch of bananas as opposed to actual money because these contests are far from locks but here's who I do like.

Matt Bonner is the man because he's got some real value at 5/1 and he is the least known of the entrants. The Red Rocket is a 6'10" power forward with a prodigious propensity for draining the long ball. He's got an odd shooting style with his knees flexing inward followed by a little hop as he launches from beyond the arc - but it works. He's as good a pure shooter as his much smaller and smoother competitors which is why we feel the big man with the shock of red hair is the player here. Let's back the gigantic ginger Matt Bonner at 5/1 betting odds and take home the cash.

NBA Picks - 3 Point: Matt Bonner

Slam Dunk Contest

There's been a slight change in the rules to the Slam Dunk Contest this year as there will be a finalist from the East and West which may actually prove to be a bit anticlimactic if for instance, James White and Gerald Green are both tearing it up but only one can go to the finals against an inferior dunker from the West. But the NBA continues to believe that there's some sort of loyalty from the fans to the conferences. Really?!

The problem with this contest is that there's very little left to do, only more props to add. That being said we're going to go with someone who has done it before and has taken a 5-year sabbatical from the contest. Yes, we're talking about the 2007 Slam Dunk champion (and 2008 runner-up) himself, Dr. Dunkenstein Gerald Green. The man is a bona fide freak of nature and he's got the experience to make his 4/1 odds even more attractive. Play my man Double G at 4/1 to take home the hardware.

NBA Picks - Dunk Contest: Gerald Green

The All-Star Game

The Toyota Center will be poppin' on Sunday night as Kobe plays in his record 15th All-Star game and Kevin Garnett makes his swan song. Of course LeBron and Kevin Durant will be going toe-to-toe to steal the spotlight and prove who is truly the best young gun in the business. Come to think of it, those two are young guns no more but veterans in the prime of their careers. So, who's going to win and cover on Sunday and do we just blindly bet Over because who really wants to see any semblance of defense played in this scoreboard busting bonanza?

Ok so there were 301 points scored last year and the game was only decided by three points with the West winning for the third time in four years 152-149. The total has crept up from an opening line of 290 to 292 and it's probably all square money who never saw a total that was too high, but I am not going to watch this game sitting on my hands and wishing time away on the clock. This is about high octane offense baby and I may not bet a bunch and I may not even have a hunch but there's as much talent on the court this year as last and that game went over 300 points. So sign me up for a small play on Over 292.

 As far as the side is concerned, I'll look for the East to do some damage because this is LeBron's year. He's a runaway MVP candidate, his team will repeat as NBA champs and scholars have convened in Geneva over the weekend to bestow upon him his own Latin name, Freakish Athleticus. Why the East + 2 ½? Because it's LeBron's team and King James bows to no one this season.

NBA Picks - All-Star Game : Take the East for you All-Star NBA picks on Sunday.

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