- BetOnline has released odds for the three NBA All-Star Saturday Night
- Damian Lillard and Duncan Robinson are +400 co-favorites in the Three-Point Competition
- Dunk Contest vet Aaron Gordon (+140) is favored to win the night’s marquee competition
Hoops fans across America will have to be extra diligent in their gift-buying and romancing this Valentine’s Day because their social calendar must remain clear the next night for NBA-related festivities.
As always, All-Star Saturday Night will feature the Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest. Let’s check the odds for all three competitions at BetOnline and try and pick some winners.
ALL-STAR THREE-POINT CONTEST
Damian Lillard (+400) leads the NBA with thirteen 30-point games since the turn of the new year, averaging over 40 points-per-contest in that span while shooting almost 50 percent from beyond the arc. Dame also has more triples (210) this year than anyone else in the event, although he’s never made it past the first round in two previous tries.
Trae Young (+450) is the league’s fourth-highest scorer at 29.7 points per game, and along with Lillard, should be the prime beneficiary of a new event wrinkle that will allow contestants to launch “Dew Zone” shots (worth three points) from six feet beyond the arc.
Damian Lillard's shooting splits over his last 10 games:
? 51.5 FG%
? 51.5 3P%
? 91.6 FT%
He's the first player in NBA history to average at least 40 points per game with 50/50/90 shooting splits over a 10-game span. pic.twitter.com/7AluTnIyMU
— StatMuse (@statmuse) February 10, 2020
Reigning champion Joe Harris (+450) might have experience on his side, but the Nets’ guard has lost seven points on his three-point percentage (47.4 to 40.8) from last season. Buddy Hield’s shooting percentages are also way down in his fourth season in Sacramento, but he’s a great value at +700 considering he lit it up in the first round of last year’s competition before flailing in the final.
Still, we’d rather roll the dice with either Heat sharpshooter Duncan Robinson (+400) or Wizards forward Davis Bertans (+500). While both aren’t exactly household names, they’re sinking threes at the highest clip (43.7 and 43.1 percent) in the NBA this season.
Best Bet: Davis Bertans (+500)
ALL-STAR SKILLS CHALLENGE
NBA All-Star Saturday Night’s opening act features bigs and guards competing against each other in a dribbling, passing and shooting obstacle course that usually comes down to a player’s ability to drain that long-distance three.
2018 winner Spencer Dinwiddie (+300) opened as the favorite over Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (+400), but one does wonder how oddsmakers even handicap this unpredictable event.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) February 11, 2020
Last year’s champ Jayson Tatum (+500), Pascal Siakam (+500) and Khris Middleton (+600) are easily the best players in the competition, but the Bucks forward might have the edge thanks to his career-high three-point shooting percentage (.439).
Patrick Beverley (+600) is also an intriguing longshot considering he won this competition five years ago.
Best Bet: Khris Middleton (+600)
ALL-STAR DUNK CONTEST
|Derrick Jones Jr.||+175|
SLAM DUNK CONTEST
Let’s not lie to ourselves. The Slam Dunk Contest almost always disappoints, but one notable exception was in 2016 when Zach Lavine defeated Aaron Gordon in the second overtime round to win back-to-back titles.
Given that many believe the Magic forward deserved the trophy that night, it’s a damn shame that LaVine isn’t giving the fans the rematch we all deserve, but we’ll have to make due with a four-man field of Gordon (+140), Derrick Jones Jr. (+175), Pat Connaughton (+400) and Dwight Howard (+500).
5 Minutes of dunks from the 2020 NBA Dunk Contest contestants.
Derrick Jones Jrpic.twitter.com/xf780Q2CjO
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) February 5, 2020
It’s only natural to assume that oddsmakers made the 2008 Dunk Contest champion an underdog because of his advanced age (34) and Connaughton an underdog because he’s, well, a white dude. However, it’s worth noting that the 27-year-old Buck recorded the second-highest max vertical jump in combine history (44 inches) in 2015.
Derrick Jones Jr. finished runner-up to Glenn Robinson in an underwhelming 2017 contest, but he did have the best slam of the night and is probably the most explosive in-game dunker in this year’s field.
That said, just the memory of Gordon’s performance from four years ago is enough to recommend the 24-year-old against competition that can only be described as lackluster.
Best Bet: Aaron Gordon (+140)