No Dunk Contest Wagering? There’s Still Plenty To Bet On During NBA All-Star Weekend

Juan Carlos Blanco February 15, 2019
All Star Betting

The arrival of NBA’s All-Star Weekend is far from the basketball sports betting wasteland one might initially assume. Yes, the six-day break in the regular season brings a departure from the nightly smorgasbord of games to choose from. Yet there’s actually still plenty of hardwood action to plunk cash down on.

No other professional league has managed to turn their All-Star proceedings into as dynamic and multi-layered an event as the NBA. By the time the actual All-Star game rolls around Sunday — a contest that actually may be the most dubious to handicap of all the weekend’s wagering options — there will have been plenty of other opportunities for those who want to continue getting their NBA betting fix.

DraftKings Sportsbook offering odds on All-Star Weekend events

This year’s All-Star extravaganza unfolds in Charlotte, North Carolina at Spectrum Center, home of the Hornets. There are events spread throughout three days, beginning with Friday’s All-Star Celebrity Game.

In addition to the All-Star game itself, DraftKings Sportsbook is offering odds on the Rising Stars Challenge, the Skills Challenge and the Three-Point Shootout.

Notably, there were odds initially made available on the Slam Dunk Contest as well, although those were subsequently pulled. An e-mail to DraftKings seeking comment on that decision has yet to be replied to as of this writing.

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Rising Stars Game- Team World vs. Team USA (Friday, Feb. 15)

Favorite: Team USA -3

Moneyline: Team USA -155/ Team World +128

Projected total: 290.5

The Rising Stars Game has been in its current format since 2016. It pits two squads of at least three rookies and three second-year players. Each roster typically consists of four backcourt players, four frontcourt players and two swingmen. The game is formatted into two 20-minute halves.

Notable participants on each roster include:

Team World

  • Deandre Ayton (Suns)
  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (Kings)
  • Luka Doncic (Mavericks)
  • Lauri Markkanen (Bulls)
  • Ben Simmons (76ers)

Team USA

  • John Collins (Hawks)
  • Trae Young (Hawks)
  • Kyle Kuzma (Lakers)
  • Jayson Tatum (Celtics)
  • Donovan Mitchell (Jazz)

Skills Challenge (Saturday, Feb. 16)

The Skills Challenge competition was first instituted for 2003 All-Star Weekend. The contest is formatted as a single elimination tournament.Skills tested are ball-handling, passing and shooting.

The participating players face off against the other in pairs and traverse an obstacle course while dribbling around obstructions, successfully passing into a suspended net and draining a three-pointer from the top of the key. The first player to score the trey is declared the winner of the pairing.

The final round is guaranteed to feature a matchup between a guard and a center. The defending champion, Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets, won’t be able to participate in this year’s contest due to recent thumb surgery.

DK Sportsbook’s odds for each participant are as follows:

  • Luka Doncic +400
  • De’Aaron Fox +400
  • Trae Young +500
  • Mike Conley +550
  • Nikola Jokic +600
  • Jayson Tatum +600
  • Kyle Kuzma +700
  • Nikola Vucevic +750

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Three-Point Shootout (Saturday, Feb. 16)

The Three-Point Shootout┬áis the longest-tenured of All-Star Weekend’s complementary events, having been instituted in 1986. For the first time, the field has been expanded to 10 participants this year.

The contest features five racks of five balls set up around the three-point area of the court. Four of the balls are worth one point apiece. A fifth one — a red, white and blue ball — is considered the “money ball”. Successfully draining a trey with the money ball nets two points instead of one.

Each participant gets one minute to put up as many three-point attempts as they can. The maximum possible score in each round is 34 points. The top three scores advance to face off in the championship round.

This year’s defending champion is the Suns’ Devin Booker, who checks in with the second-highest odds of winning again behind the Warriors’ Stephen Curry. Booker set a record last year for most points in a round by racking up 28 of the possible 34.

DK Sportsbook’s odds for each participant are as follows:

  • Stephen Curry +215
  • Devin Booker +450
  • Joe Harris +450
  • Seth Curry +600
  • Buddy Hield +650
  • Damian Lillard +800
  • Danny Green +1150
  • Kemba Walker +1150
  • Khris Middleton +2000
  • Dirk Nowitzki +3000

All-Star Game- Team Lebron vs. Team Giannis (Sunday, Feb. 17)

Favorite: Team LeBron -6

Moneyline: Team LeBron -245/ Team Giannis +195

Projected total: 310.5

The weekend is capped off with the 67th NBA All-Star Game. This year will mark the second edition of a format that sees two team captains putting together a roster from All-Star eligible players. The player selection process was televised for the first time this year.

Typically featuring precious little defense, the All-Star Game traditionally generates NBA 2K-like statistics and combined point totals. Even so, a projected total of over 310 points may seem absurd at first blush. But it comes off as almost stingy when considering the numbers generated in four of the last five ASGs, contests that featured many of the stars that will play an integral part in this year’s game:

  • 2017: 374 points
  • 2016: 369 points
  • 2015: 321 points
  • 2014: 318 points

After both LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo finished their selections and executed a Russell Westbrook-for-Ben Simmons trade, the final All-Star squads shape up as follows:

Team LeBron

Starters:

  • LeBron James
  • Kevin Durant
  • Kyrie Irving
  • Kawhi Leonard
  • James Harden

Reserves:

  • Anthony Davis
  • Klay Thompson
  • Damian Lillard
  • Ben Simmons
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Karl-Anthony Towns
  • Bradley Beal

Special addition:

  • Dwyane Wade

Team Giannis

Starters:

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Stephen Curry
  • Joel Embiid
  • Paul George
  • Kemba Walker

Reserves:

  • Khris Middleton
  • Nikola Jokic
  • Russell Westbrook
  • Blake Griffin
  • D’Angelo Russell
  • Nikola Vucevic
  • Kyle Lowry

Special Addition:

  • Dirk Nowitzki

Other wagering options also available

In addition to the event-based odds just listed, there are naturally also plenty of prop– and parlay-based wagering options. These include odds on the MVP of each game, as well as various parlays involving both the Rising Stars Challenge and the All-Star Game itself.

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