Boston Celtics young gun Jayson Tatum is the defending champion of the Skills Challenge and he’s listed at 5/1 odds to repeat (Bet $100 to win $500). The co-favorites are Spencer Dinwiddie of the Nets and Khris Middleton of the Bucks. Dinwiddie took home the contest in 2018 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
All-Star Saturday night should see Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie duel for the Skills Challenge title after winning the last two competitions. Tatum won last year’s and will be motivated to hang on to the title in tribute to Bryant. I like him to join Damian Lillard, Steve Nash and Dwyane Wade as repeat Skills Challenge winners.
NBA All Star 3-Point Contest Betting Odds
While this year's 3-Point Contest lacks some luster due to the absence of the “Splash Brothers” from Golden State – Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson – the league still has plenty of sharpshooters on display in Chicago come Saturday. Brooklyn shooting guard Joe Harris is the defending champion and he is currently the betting favorite.
Joe Harris +450 (Bet $100 to win $450)
Duncan Robinson +500
Trae Young +500
Devin Booker +500
Davis Bertans +550
Buddy Hield +700
Zach LaVine +1000
Devonte' Graham +1200
Tony Mejia's pick: Duncan Robinson
Miami Heat forward Duncan Robinson will beat LaVine in the Three-Point Contest and should be a great value pick since he’s the biggest unknown in the field. Young, Booker, defending champ Harris, Sacramento’s Hield and Chicago’s own LaVine will all be more popular choices who won’t be able to hang with the undrafted 25-year-old, second-year wing.
Slam Dunk Odds
Unfortunately for bettors in the United States, sportsbooks regulated will not be taking action on the event since the judges are celebrities and the scoring is subjective.
The 2020 field includes:
Derrick Jones Jr.
Tony Mejia's pick: Derrick Jones Jr.
There's a rumor that LaVine may treat Chicago fans to a 360 dunk from the free-throw line, but he's not expected to partake in this event. Miami's Jones, Jr. is therefore my choice to keep former runner-up Aaron Gordon of the Magic from earning his first dunk title in his third attempt.