2015 NBA All-Star Weekend Betting

2015 NBA All-Star Weekend Betting

The NBA All-Star weekend begins this Friday night in New York City with the All-Star Celebrity game and the Rising Stars Challenge (formerly the Rookie/Sophomore game). However, most fans won’t start tuning in until the following day when All-Star Saturday night kicks off with the Shooting Stars Challenge, Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest and the Slam Dunk Competition.

The All-Star game will take place on Sunday evening at 8:30 PM eastern time and bettors can keep up with the latest odds on our free NBA odds page. Bettors can also view the latest rosters by clicking here.

The tables below compare the current odds for each player to win their respective event at two prominent offshore sportsbooks (Sportsbook.com and Bovada), and will be updated throughout the week as more oddsmakers post their lines.

3-Point Contest Odds

PlayerTeamBovada (2/11)Sportsbook (2/11)3-Point Percentage
Stephen CurryWarriors+325+30040.4%
Kyle KorverHawks+375+30052.8%
Klay ThompsonWarriors+400+32544.1%
Kyrie IrvingCavaliers+600+65041.1%
J.J. RedickClippers+600+70043.7%
Marco BelinelliSpurs+700+60038.4%
Wesley MatthewsBlazers+700+75039.8%
James HardenRockets+800+75039.0%

It’s interesting to see that although Kyle Korver is shooting more than eight percent better than any other competitor, it’s Stephen Curry who is listed as the front runner in this competition. It’s also worth nothing that J.J Redick has been dealing with back spasms and may struggle or simply tire quickly.

If you’re looking for value, James Harden seems like a steal at +800 — especially because we already know he has no problem taking a high volume of shots without fading.

Dunk Contest Odds

PlayerTeamBovada (2/11)Sportsbook.com (2/11)
Zach LaVineMinnesota T'Wolves-110-110
Giannis AntetokounmpoMilwaukee Bucks+200+190
Victor OladipoOrlando Magic+300+275
Mason PlumleeBrooklyn Nets+700+750

This is one of the youngest Slam Dunk Contest fields in recent histories, featuring one rookie (LaVine) and three second-year players. With so many inexperienced participants bettors may be unfamiliar with the aerial acrobatics of these four dunkers, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with some of the top dunks from each player.

Zach LaVine

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Victor Oladipo

Mason Plumlee

At his rookie combine, Zach LaVine recorded a ridiculous 46-inch vertical jump so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the former UCLA Bruin is listed as the favorite. Still, don’t sleep on the man known as the “Greek Freak.”

At 6’11”, Giannis Antetokounmpo lives up to his nickname with freakishly long arms, massive hands and the skill set of a guard. Also noteworthy is that Plumlee does have dunk contest experience after placing second in the McDonald’s High School All-American Dunk Contest.

On Friday afternoon, Bovada finally posted their odds for the Skills Challenge. John Wall would have been the likely favorite, however, he withdrew from the competition and will be replaced by Houston’s Patrick Beverley. Trey Burke, who is the defending champion, opened with the third shortest odds +450.

However, the odds shifted on Thursday evening when it was announced that two of the competitors would the competition. Chicago’s Jimmy Butler, who sat out Thursday’s key game against Cleveland due to a shoulder injury, was replaced by Atlanta’s second year guard Dennis Schroder. Michael Carter-Williams, who is battling a foot injury, was replaced by Orlando’s rookie point guard Elfrid Payton.

PlayerTeamBetOnline (2/13)Bovada (2/12)
Jeff TeagueAtlanta Hawks+400+400
Kyle LowryToronto Raptors+400+400
Trey BurkeUtah Jazz+450+450
Isaiah ThomasPhoenix Suns+450+450
Brandon KnightMilwaukee Bucks+500+500
Patrick BeverleyHouston Rockets+650+650
Dennis SchroderAtlanta Hawks+800N/A
Elfrid PaytonOrlando Magic+800N/A
Jimmy ButlerChicago BullsN/A+700
Michael Carter-WilliamsPhiladelphia 76ersN/A+750

This three-round, bracket-style contest focuses on dribbling, passing, agility and shooting skills. Whichever competitor posts the fastest score will advance to the next round.

Although it’s an often ignored event, BetOnline posted odds for the Shooting Stars Competition early on Wednesday morning. We have listed the participants along with current odds below:

  1. Team Bosh: Chris Bosh, Dominique Wilkins, Swin Cash
  2. Team Curry: Stephen Curry, Dell Curry, Sue Bird
  3. Team Davis: Anthony Davis, Scottie Pippen, Elena Delle Donne
  4. Team Westbrook: Russell Westbrook, Anfernee Hardaway, Tamika Catchings
TeamBetOnline (2/11)
Team Curry+150
Team Bosh+200
Team Westbrook+275
Team Davis+425

The All-Star game, which takes place on Sunday night, opened for betting on Friday morning with the Western Conference listed as a 2-point favorite at Pinnacle (O/U 295). In early betting, the West is receiving 63% of spread bets which has moved the line to -2.5 at the time of publication. However, it’s actually an Eastern Conference player who owns the shortest odds to be named All-Star MVP:

PlayerConferenceBetOnline (2/11)
LeBron JamesEastern+400
Anthony DavisWestern+550
Kevin DurantWestern+550
Stephen CurryWestern+550
John WallEastern+750
James HardenWestern+850
Carmelo AnthonyEastern+1200
Kyle LowryEastern+1200
Klay ThompsonWestern+1400
Marc GasolWestern+1400
Pau GasolEastern+1400
Russell WestbrookWestern+1600
Chris PaulWestern+2200
Kyrie IrvingEastern+2200
DeMarcus CousinsWestern+2800
Chris BoshEastern+3500
Damian LillardWestern+3500
Jeff TeagueEastern+3500
Jimmy ButlerEastern+3500
LaMarcus AldridgeWestern+3500

Who do you like this weekend? Are any long shots providing value? Please leave your thoughts and comments in the section below.

David Solar

David was the Content Manager at Sports Insights. He has since moved on to greener pastures.

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