2017 NBA All-Star Weekend Betting Odds & Picks

King Cake Baby NBA All Star Game 2017 betting oddsNBA All-Star Weekend is a fun time for NBA players to bask in their fame and rub elbows with celebrities. The game itself is usually high-scoring, but doesn’t get competitive until the fourth quarter, if it is close at all.

Some may even say the highlight of the weekend is the skills competitions that take place on Saturday night. The Slam Dunk competition has a few names in it, but nothing like the stars that would enter in its golden era. The three-point competition is probably my favorite competition of the night since there’s rarely ever something new tried in the dunk contest these days.

We list the betting odds for the All-Star Game MVP, Dunk Contest, Three-Point Competition, Rising Stars Game MVP and Skills competition winners. We also pick some winners for the prop bets.

Can D-League rookie Derrick Jones Jr. win the Slam Dunk Contest?

2017 NBA All-Star Game MVP
Russell Westbrook – 7/2
Stephen Curry – 6/1
Anthony Davis – 13/2
Kevin Durant – 7/1
James Harden – 7/1
LeBron James – 7/1
Kyrie Irving – 15/2
Giannis Antetokounmpo – 11/1
Kawhi Leonard – 15/1
Isaiah Thomas – 15/1
Jimmy Butler – 22/1
Paul George – 25/1
DeMar DeRozan – 28/1
Carmelo Anthony – 45/1
Kyle Lowry – 45/1
Klay Thompson – 45/1
John Wall – 45/1
DeMarcus Cousins – 55/1
Draymond Green – 55/1
DeAndre Jordan – 65/1
Kemba Walker – 65/1
Gordon Hayward – 70/1
Marc Gasol – 80/1
Paul Millsap – 80/1

Prediction: I usually go hard on the hometown guy, so Anthony Davis has a great shot at winning MVP. The only thing hurting him is that trigger-happy guards aren’t likely to pass to the big man inside. I think James Harden has a shot to win it and as a long shot in the East, I’d go with Paul George, who oddly shows up at events like this.

2017 NBA Rising Stars Challenge MVP
Karl-Anthony Towns – 2/1
Kristaps Porzingis – 7/2
D’Angelo Russell – 7/1
Devin Booker – 10/1
Nikola Jokic – 10/1
Myles Turner – 12/1
Malcolm Brogdon – 18/1
Buddy Hield – 20/1
Dario Saric – 20/1
Brandon Ingram – 22/1
Trey Lyles – 25/1
Jamal Murray – 25/1
Jahlil Okafor – 30/1
Willy Hernangomez – 33/1
Frank Kaminsky – 35/1
Marquese Chriss – 40/1
Alex Abrines – 45/1
Dante Exum – 45/1
Domantas Sabonis – 45/1
Jonathan Simmons – 45/1

Prediction: This one is a coin flip. These games are so fast with all the young guys wanting to make a name for themselves. I think the favorite Karl-Anthony Towns is almost a lock for this trophy. If you want a pick with more juice, I’d go with D’Angelo Russell who is a natural scorer.

2017 NBA Slam Dunk Contest
Aaron Gordon – 5/8
Derrick Jones Jr. – 5/4
DeAndre Jordan – 8/1
Glenn Robinson III – 9/1

Prediction: I have to go all-in on Derrick Jones Jr. since he has the best story. The judges will have a bias to go with the crowd, who will be behind Jones. I’m looking forward to seeing Robinson out there…only because I’m a Pacers fan and don’t recall him doing much in-game dunking.

2017 NBA Three-Point Contest
Klay Thompson – 11/10
Kyrie Irving – 4/1
CJ McCollum – 8/1
Eric Gordon – 9/1
Kyle Lowry – 9/1
Nick Young – 9/1
Wesley Matthews – 11/1
Kemba Walker – 11/1

Prediction: Klay Thompson is the heavy favorite and he has earned that distinction. I want a little more juice with my prop bets, so I’m going with CJ McCollum. He is a streaky shooter and doesn’t get much publicity out there in Portland.

2017 NBA Skill Competition
Isaiah Thomas – 2/1
John Wall – 9/4
Devin Booker – 4/1
Gordon Hayward – 8/1
Anthony Davis – 10/1
Kristaps Porzingis – 10/1
DeMarcus Cousins – 15/1
Nikola Jokic – 15/1

Prediction: I think the oddsmakers are run on the money here. Thomas is the man to beat and I don’t think anyone will be up to the task.

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Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot ClicksGuyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob

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