Dan Favale | Fri 14/02/2020 - 05:00 EST

NBA All-Star Game 2020: Betting Odds, Picks for Slam Dunk Competition, 3-Point Contest

NBA All-Star Game 2020: Betting Odds, Picks for Slam Dunk Competition, 3-Point Contest
The 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend is loaded with betting potential, from the Slam Dunk Competition and Three-Point Contest, to the main event on Sunday night itself. In addition to providing you with the latest odds, we're here to offer our best picks for even major event.

2020 NBA All-Star Game odds are finally available, courtesy of Bovada

  • Team LeBron (-205)
  • Team Giannis (+165)

Odds on the 2020 NBA All-Star Game will change leading into Sunday night's scheduled tipoff. Be sure to double-check lines with your sportsbook. Our preview still includes analysis on it, along with much more:

  • Picks for the winner of the 2020 NBA All-Star Game
  • Odds for the Slam Dunk Contest
  • Odds for the Three-Point Contest
  • Odds for the Skills Competition
  • Picks for all three Saturday night Events

2020 NBA All-Star Betting Breakdown

Team LeBron (+165) vs. Team Giannis (-205)

We don't need concrete odds to determine how we should bet. LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo have picked their teams. The rosters are set. We can discern a winner.

Vetern All-Star-Game bettors know to stick with the moneyline odds. 2020 NBA All-Star Game Odds for the over/under are fool's gold. You can't predict how much effort players will show in an exhibition with no stakes, and this year's altered scoring format—in which the fourth quarter includes a target score rather than a timeframe—makes forecasting the spread and over/under almost impossible.

As far as this year's winner goes, once you get the moneyline odds, pounce on Team LeBron. He assembled a more balanced roster than that of Team Giannis. The latter is light on floor spacing and heavy on bigs. That doesn't bold well in a playground setting.

OSB All-Star-Game Pick: Team LeBron (-205)

Slam Dunk Contest Predictions

Here are the latest odds for the winner of the Slam Dunk Contest, as outlined above:

  • Aaron Gordon (+130)
  • Derrick Jones Jr. (+165)
  • Pat Connaughton (+365)
  • Dwight Howard (+475)

This should be the easiest bet you place all weekend. 

Dwight Howard is ancient relative to his fellow participants, and big men aren't able to complete dunks as impressive as smaller forwards and guards. Pat Connaughton is sneaky athletic, but doesn't jam with much flair. 

That leaves us to choose between Derrick Jones Jr. and Aaron Gordon, and really, it's not much of a choice. Gordon is one of the best dunkers in NBA history and was robbed of a victory in 2016 against Zach LaVine.

OSB Slam Dunk Contest Pick: Aaron Gordon (+130)

Three-Point Contest Predictions

Take a look at the least odds to win the Three-Point Contest:

  • Trae Young (+375)
  • Damian Lillard* (+375)
  • Joe Harris (+400)
  • Duncan Robinson (+400)
  • Davis Bertans (+450)
  • Buddy Hield (+650)
  • Devonte' Graham (+1000)
  • Zach LaVine (+1200)

Condolences to those who already invested in Damian Lillard. He pulled out of the Three-Point Contest and All-Star Game with a groin injury. Expect someone like Joe Ingles to replace him.

Picking a prospect winner here is tough, but not impossible. People get bogged down by regular-season accuracy when really, they should care about who can shoot the best with a quick release.

For our money, we like reigning champion Joe HarrisTrae Young or Davis Bertans. We also recommend steering clear of Duncan Robinson and Lavine, neither of whom have the quickest releases.

Push comes to shove, we're picking Bertans. He's been lightning quick coming around screens this year. Knocking down a bunch of wide-open looks should be easy for him.

OSB Three-Point Contest Pick: Davis Bertans (+450)

Skills Competition Predictions

Below are the latest odds to win the 2020 Skills Competition:

  • Spencer Dinwiddie (+290)
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (+400)
  • Jayson Tatum (+450)
  • Pascal Siakam (+450)
  • Khris Middleton (+550)
  • Domantas Sabonis (+700)
  • Patrick Beverley (+700)
  • Bam Adebayo (+1200)

Hitting the three-pointer is the key to this entire competition, which makes it difficult for us to invest in Domantas Sabonis or Bam Adebayo. Picking Jayson Tatum or Pascal Siakam provides good value, but we like Khris Middleton much better because of his superior passing ability.

OSB Skills Competition Pick: Khris Middleton (+550)

Check out this list of the best online sportsbooks so you can decide which one to use for your NBA All-Star Weekend Betting: 

       

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