The NBA has done a fantastic job of building its product over the course of the last several years surrounding the All-Star Game. NBA All-Star Weekend has never been just about the game itself on Sunday night.
Of course, and the argument could be made that the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest, and the JBL Three-Point Contest are just as much an important part of the entire weekend as the All-Star Game itself.
BookMaker.eu has released its NBA props odds to win these three lead-in events to the big game on February 19 in New Orleans.
NBA All-Star Weekend Odds
NBA Odds To Win 2017 Taco Bell Skills Challenge
- Isaiah Thomas +235
- John Wall +290
- Devin Booker +400
- Kristaps Porzingis +870
- Gordon Hayward +920
- Anthony Davis +920
- Joel Embiid +1520
- DeMarcus Cousins +10275
The Skills Challenge was really just for the little guys until a couple years ago when DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns wanted to enter as big men. Not only did Towns ultimately enter the event, but he won it last year as well!
Towns won’t be back to defend his crown this year, but he’s got a host of big men waiting to take down his crown this year, including Davis and Cousins for a second year, as well as Joel Embiid and a man sure to be one of the crowd favorites, Kristaps Porzingis.
Even though the little guys ended up losing out last year, they were the overwhelming favorites then, and they’re the overwhelming favorites now as well. Isaiah Thomas and John Wall are the two favorites at +235 and +290 respectively, and why not? Neither has won the Taco Bell Skills Challenge before, but they’ve entered three and four times respectively and are certainly due to pick up this title.
NBA Odds To Win 2017 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest
- Aaron Gordon -170
- Derrick Jones Jr. +140
- Glenn Robinson III +965
- DeAndre Jordan +1260
We really wish there were more superstars who wanted to join the Dunk Contest like there were back in the day, but this is what we have this year. Aaron Gordon might be the prohibitive favorite, but he’s got an ankle injury right now that might hamper him.
He’s declared that he’s going to dunk anyway this weekend, and good for him since he was the runner-up to the injured Zach Levine last year.
We’ve also got three new dunkers who have never been in this contest before set to join the show, including Derrick Jones Jr. from Phoenix, Glenn Robinson III from Indiana, and the biggest name of the bunch, DeAndre Jordan from the Clippers.
NBA Odds To Win 2017 JBL Three-Point Contest
- Klay Thompson +135
- Kyrie Irving +400
- Eric Gordon +725
- C.J. McCollum +805
- Kyle Lowry +910
- Kemba Walker +940
- Wesley Matthews +1060
- Nick Young +1215
For as not-star-studded as the NBA Dunk Contest is, the Three-Point Contest is certainly full of some of the best three-point shooters in the Association. Sure, there’s no Steph Curry this year, but the Splash Brothers are represented with Klay Thompson back to defend his crown he picked up a year ago.
Maybe the best storyline here in the Three-Point Contest is the battle between Thompson and Kyrie Irving, Cleveland’s young stud who made inarguably the biggest three in the history of the Cavs last year in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Irving won this event in 2013 and has been back every year since, but he hasn’t been able to win it since that point.
Not surprisingly, Thompson and Irving are the overwhelming favorites to win this event at basketball odds of +135 and +400 respectively.
Keep an eye on the new blood, though. Kemba Walker is a vet who has always wanted to be a part of the Three-Point Contest and will have his shot to do so as a +940 longshot, while Nick Young can be one of the streakiest shooters in the NBA. Would you really want to bet against Swaggy P at +1215? We sure wouldn’t.
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