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2015 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest gambling lines

Bet on the 2015 NBA Slam Dunk ContestStart: Saturday, February 14th 2015 at 8:30pm ET
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York City
Station: TNT

ALL-STAR weekend is almost upon us in the NBA. Bovada has markets out for the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night skills competitions that we’re going to breakdown.

Unfortunately, at the time of writing – Bovada only has odds out for the Slam Dunk Contest and 3-Point Shootout Contest. We’re still waiting for the Skills Challenge odds to be released later this week.

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Let’s predict the winner of the 2015 NBA Sprite Slam Dunk Contest – everyone’s favorite competition.

Odds to win the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Some of these names may not jump off the page to some fans, but believe me, this is a Slam Dunk Contest you can’t miss.

Zach LaVine has a lot of hops for a 6’5’’ PG and if you haven’t seen him dunk you wouldn’t expect it at all. LaVine should be favored and I believe he’ll be under the radar based on name recognition alone.

LaVine is averaging 7.8 PPG, 3.2 APG and 2.1 RPG in 21.8 MPG this season for the Timberwolves. He started briefly when Ricky Rubio was injured, but he has been relegated to coming off the bench and that’s one reason why he’ll likely go overlooked.

Don’t forget John Wall won this contest last year and he’s 1’’ shorter than LaVine.

Mason Plumlee is interesting at 7/1 with the hometown advantage, but I’m not convinced of his showmanship. As we all know a big part of the Slam Dunk Contest is how well received the dunks are – not necessarily how tough the dunks are.

Plumlee has jumped into a big role this season. He has averaged 10.3 PPG, 7.0 RPG and 1.0 BPG up to this point – plus he ranks 5th in the NBA in dunks (88). Plumlee is a towering 6’11’’ and with some creativity he could steal the show in Brooklyn.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Victor Oladipo are both capable of winning this contest as well, which is why I’m so excited to see how everything plays out. These two young players are both studs that have great futures in front of them.

2015 Slam Dunk Contest picks

You can’t go wrong with any of these four players and I could make a case for any of them to win. At the end of the day I’m betting my money on the “obvious” prediction. I believe the public will avoid him at these odds, but he has the best chance to win.

Odds to win the NBA 3-Point Shootout Contest

This year’s 3-Point Shootout Contest will feature eight shooters – six from the West and just two from the East. There will be a total of two rounds with the top three shooters from the first round advancing into the second round (Finals).

Surprisingly, this contest is always close and we’ve had a tiebreaker round twice in the last three years.

So who should we target?

Stephen Curry has the most experience, as this will be his fourth time in the 3-point shootout, but he has never won. Kyrie Irving (2013) and Marco Belinelli (2014) are the only two players that have won this contest previously.

The best targets are Kyle Korver, Klay Thompson and J.J. Redick. Korver leads the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage (52.8%) while Thompson (44.1% – 5th) and Redick (43.7% – 8th) both rank in the top 10 as well.

2015 3-Point Shootout Contest predictions

Redick is a bit banged up, which leaves me with Korver and Thompson. Both are priced basically the same and on paper they’re both great options. I’m betting on Thompson though – he won’t let the nerves get to him and if he heats up his shot is unstoppable.

2015 Skills Challenge Contest preview

Like I mentioned above – there are no odds out for this market yet. However, the participants are known.

This year the format has changed and will feature a single elimination bracket tournament.

Here are the quarterfinal match-ups and list of participants.

I love the rule change this year that requires every player to nail a 3-point shot to end his round. That’ll add some intrigue to this contest plus I love the bracket-style tournament format as well. In this contest a player needs speed, handling and accuracy.

This market is a crapshoot, but what’s not to like about Isaiah Thomas? The casual betting public will likely overlook him, he has speed/agility and he has been knocking down 3-pointers all season. Thomas also has a great path to get into the finals.

He won’t have to meet with Burke, Knight, Butler or Lowry until the finals. The bottom half of the bracket is definitely tougher, but my money would be on Burke making the finals. Burke won this competition last year along with Damian Lillard for the West.

Once the odds come out I’ll figure out my plan of action. I’ll either bet on Thomas alone or I’ll bet on Thomas and Burke because I expect those two to meet in the finals, but I’ll have to wait until the market opens up to figure out my options.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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