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Handicapping NBA All-Star Saturday Night

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NBA All-Star Weekend is here. Just in case the first 50+ games of the regular season didn’t feature lackadaisical defense…

Taco Bell Skills Challenge

Two questions come to mind while attempting to handicap this contest:


1. Did Taco Bell cater this event?

2. If so, which participants consumed said catering?


At +1000, it appears Miami’s Bam Adebayo and the Pacers’ own Domantas Sabonis are huge fans of chalupas and may be rendered ineffective.

From this year’s field of eight, three competitors have won the Skills Challenge before: defending champion Jason Tatum (+500), Spencer Dinwiddie (+450), and Patrick Beverley (+600).

There are also exactly three players that have captured the “Golden Gordita” more than once: Steve Nash, Damian Lillard, and Dwyane Wade.

I like experience in events like these, so I’ll side with Beverley and his 6 to 1 price tag. He’s a native of the Windy City and doesn’t lack in the intensity department. He’ll be ready.

MTN DEW 3-Point Contest

No longer “Mountain”, huh?

The 3-point contest is my personal favorite, and this year’s roster is loaded with talent.


Davis Bertans (+550)

Devin Booker (+500) (playing with a chip on his shoulder, watch out)

Devonte’ Graham (+1200)

Joe Harris (+450)

Buddy Hield (+700)

Zach LaVine (+1000)

Duncan Robinson (+500) (best 3pt{a677ce15a6eff43364e6ca0ca047878f646b8cba0e25c5ba171a5908f9066ea4} among participants)

Trae Young (+500)


The rules have changed to incorporate two 3-point “MTN DEW Zone” shots in addition to the standard 5-ball racks. The obvious beneficiary here is Trae Young. I like the +500 attached to him, however, I think Buddy Hield at 7 to 1 provides the best value. He finished third a year ago and is familiar with the pacing and rhythm required to post a big score. If you want to put your money on the guy with the best pure shooting stroke, go with Bertans. He hits 42.4{a677ce15a6eff43364e6ca0ca047878f646b8cba0e25c5ba171a5908f9066ea4} of his threes coming off the bench for the Wizards.

AT&T Slam Dunk

Only one dunk? These contest names keep going downhill.

The nightcap features an event that we can’t bet on. Sportsbooks are not allowed to offer odds due to the “celebrity judging aspect” of this competition. That won’t stop me from picking a winner.

Instead of wasting your time, I’ll leave you with this:


Aaron. Gordon. 


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