NBA Skills Competition Offers Some Intriguing Betting Opportunities
The 71st annual NBA All-Star Game is happening this weekend in Cleveland.
Sunday features the big game, which begins at 8 pm ET.
However, there's just as much action taking place on Saturday. See a discussion on these events, and betting recommendations below.
Here's the full schedule of events for NBA All-Star Weekend:
Friday, Feb. 18
7 p.m. ET | NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
9 p.m. ET | Rising Stars
Saturday, Feb. 19
11 a.m. ET | NBA All-Star Practice
2 p.m. ET | NBA x HBCU Classic
• Morgan State vs. Howard University
8 p.m. ET | All-Star Saturday Night
Skills Challenge (first event)
3-Point Contest (second event)
Slam Dunk (third event)
Sunday, Feb. 20
12 p.m. ET | NBA Legends Awards
2 p.m. ET | NBA G League Next Gem Game
• G League Ignite vs. Cleveland Charge
8 p.m. ET | 71st NBA All-Star Game
Most of our attention will focus on three events that test individual skills. This includes the Overall Skills Challenge (first event), then the 3-Point Shooting Contest (second event), followed by the Slam Dunk Competition (third event). Spreads.ca offers odds on each of these skills competitions. While some bettors may shy away from contests of this type, clearly there's also an opportunity to make money while watching the NBA's greatest players show off their talents. The start time is 6:30 pm ET.
BETTING THOUGHTS: The best value typically can be found in the 3-point shooting contest. Any player with a hot hand for a couple of minutes can win this competition. So, given the Spreads.ca odds, we like the big payoffs with either C.J. McCollum from the Pelicans (+750) or Karl-Anthony Towns with the Timberwolves (+1100). In the Dunk competition, the favourites tend to do much better since the voting is subjective. So, we'll take Obi Toppin from the Knicks priced at +205.