NBA All-Star Weekend is less than 10 days away.
The participants for the 3-Point Contest, Dunk Contest and Skills Challenge have been finalized. Bovada released odds for all three events on Wednesday.
Mountain Dew has decided to get in on the action and shake up the infamous shooting competition. This year, there will be an additional shot from each wing that is worth three points. Each shot will be from six feet beyond the arc and contestants are receiving an additional 10 seconds to complete all the shots.
Bovada is listing Atlanta’s Trae Young as a +275 ‘chalk’ to win the event. Young is shooting 36.7 percent from downtown this season, making 3.4 treys per game.
Damian Lillard, who has been scorching hot over the last few weeks, has the second-shortest odds at +333. Lillard is knocking down 39.4 percent of his 3-pointers this season, making 3.9 per contest.
Other contestants include Buddy Hield (+450), Zach LaVine (+550) and Joe Harris (+600). Harris (+600) edged out Steph Curry (+150) to win the contest last season, making every ball on his money rack.
This year’s Dunk Contest features the 2008 winner, Dwight Howard. Oddsmakers are not expecting him to re-kindle that magic more than a decade later, listing Howard at +400.
Aaron Gordon — the runner-up in the 2016 version of the contest — is a -140 ‘chalk’ to win the event. Miami’s Derrick Jones Jr. is listed at +250 and Milwaukee’s Pat Connaughton is a +650 longshot.
Surprised to see Connaughton’s name? Don’t be, as he demonstrated in New Orleans last night.
Veteran Derrick Rose is a +325 ‘chalk’ to win the NBA Skills Challenge. Oddsmakers are not as confident in this contest, as Khris Middleton (+400), Domantas Sabonis (+500) and Jayson Tatum (+500) are all viable options as well.
Patrick Beverly (+550), Spencer Dinwiddie (+600), Pascal Siakam (+600) and Bam Adebayo (+900) are also competing. Tatum won it last season at +550 odds and will be looking to repeat this year. Dinwiddie (+500) won the event in 2018.