BallnRoll’s Betting Guide for the NBA All-Star Weekend
NBA All-Star weekend is almost here! Watching the action is exciting but making a few extra bucks while doing so only adds to the enjoyment. Like in past years, this weekend will feature the Rising Stars matchup, Skills Challenge, 3-Point Shootout, Dunk Contest and of course, the All-Star game. Betting on these events can be tricky, as it is often difficult to predict who will take the events more/less seriously, but there is plenty of value to be had and money can be made.
I will offer a few of my favourite betting tips for the weekend. Note: all odds provided will be from Bet365, but shop around with other sports books if you wish.
- Team USA to win the Rising Stars Challenge (Odds: 1.66 / -150)
The odds aren’t great, but this should be a safest bet of the weekend. Though the World team will have arguably the best player on the court in Luka Doncic, and other stars like Ben Simmons, Lauri Markkanen, DeAndre Ayton and the reigning Rising Stars MVP, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Team USA is stacked! With a starting 5 of De’Aaron Fox, Donovan Mitchell, Jayston Tatum, Kyle Kuzma and either Jarrett Allen or John Collins, I like Team USA to get the job done.
- Joe Harris to win the Three Point Shootout (Odds: 11.00 / +1000!)
Whether he wins or loses, these odds are too good to pass up! Joe Harris has been a revelation this season and has become one of the most reliable three-point shooters in the league. He is 4thin the NBA in 3P% at 46.5%. Raptors fans will note that he was 7/8 from three this past week when he scored 24 points against them. Look, Steph Curry is in the competition and he is the worthy favourite to win, but at these kinds of odds, I think Joe Harris has as good of a shot has anyone else to win.
- Miles Bridges to win the Slam Dunk Contest (Odds: 4.00 / +300)
The Dunk Contest is really wide open, especially this year. Dennis Smith Jr. is the favourite to win, though he was the favourite last year too and didn’t even make it to the final. John Collins has had a fantastic season and has had some great dunks, though its rare for big men to win this competition. And Hamidou Diallo is only here because he is replacing Miami’s Derrick Jones Jr. So, by process of elimination I like Miles Bridges. He is the only rookie in the contest and has shown some impressive highlights this season with his leaping ability. Also keep in mind, All-Star weekend is in Charlotte and Bridges will have the advantage of dunking in front of his home crowd!