It’s perhaps the best all-star weekend in sports.
Saturday night belongs to three pointers and dunks. Sunday is for Lebron, Giannis, and all the other big name stars.
And the entire weekend is set up well for wagers, with odds available on almost every player and every contest.
The NBA’s All Star Weekend starts Friday in Chicago, with events scheduled throughout the entire weekend. In this week’s installment of Penn Sportsbooks Pick Play, we’ll cover the odds of the all-star festivities, along with all the corresponding numbers at your favorite PA sports betting apps.
Taco Bell Skills Challenge: 2/15 at 8 p.m.
Kudos to FOX Bet for being one of the first PA sportsbooks to post odds for the special event that showcases the dribbling, passing, and shooting of NBA stars. The Skills Challenge is the first of three events on Saturday night and will tip off at 8 p.m. on TNT.
Last year’s champion Jayson Tatum (+450) of the Boston Celtics looks to defend his title. Past champions Patrick Beverly (+550) of the LA Clippers and Spencer Dinwiddie (+550) of the Brooklyn Nets are also in the competition. Other odds to win are as follows:
- Khris Middleton, Milwaukee (+400)
- Domantas Sabonis, Indiana (+500)
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City (+500)
- Pascal Siakam, Toronto (+550)
- Bam Adebayo, Miami (+900)
MTN Dew 3-Point Contest: 2/15 (Second Event)
Following the Skills Challenge, some of the league’s best long-range shooters will be on display in the three-point contest. Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets returns after winning the crown last year.
DraftKings Sportsbook has Harris as +475 to defend his title. Portland’s Damian Lillard (+500) and Atlanta’s Trae Young (+500), who are also in Sunday’s All-Star Game, are appearing as well. The remaining competitors and their odds are as follows:
- Duncan Robinson, Miami (+500)
- Davis Bertans, Washington (+550)
- Buddy Hield, Sacramento (+650)
- Devonte Graham, Charlotte (+900)
- Zach LaVine, Chicago (+900)
AT&T Slam Dunk Contest: 2/15 (Third Event)
The last event of Saturday night features the return of Dwight Howard, a past champion who is back in the dunk contest after an 11-year absence. Howard is a healthy +700 at FOX Bet to win this year’s event.
Aaron Gordon (+110) of the Orlando Magic, who finished second in 2016, will provide a much smaller return if he wins on Saturday night. Miami’s Derrick Jones Jr. (+165) has also finished second in the dunk contest back in 2017. Milwaukee’s Pat Connaughton (+425) rounds out the competition.
NBA All-Star Game: 2/16 at 8 p.m.
The All-Star Game tips off Sunday night with a matchup pitting Team LeBron versus Team Giannis. Team LeBron’s starters are: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Luka Doncic and James Harden.
Team Giannis has Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam, Kemba Walker and Trae Young. Defense is often optional in the All-Star game, so expect a healthy over/under when the odds are released across the industry.
Right now, FOX Bet has futures odds available for the All-Star Game MVP. Some of the headliners are:
- LeBron James, Lakers (+450)
- Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks (+500)
- Anthony Davis, Lakers (+550)
- Damian Lillard, Trailblazers (+600)
- James Harden, Rockets (+600)
- Russell Westbrook, Rockets (+750)
- Kawhi Leonard, Clippers (+800)
- Luka Doncic, Mavericks (+900)
- Trae Young, Hawks (+1000)
- Ben Simmons, 76ers (+1100)
Other players are available at even longer odds. Choose correctly and you could earn a healthy return.
If the NBA doesn’t interest you, there are enough other sports to give you plenty of betting options this weekend. The XFL returns for a second week and there’s a full slate of hockey and college hoops in addition to the all NBA contests.
Some consider it the best All-Star weekend in sports. And if you’re lucky, it might be one of the most lucrative ones too.
Good luck and enjoy the games.