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2017 NBA All-Star Saturday and Game: Prop Bets and Odds

From the Skills Challenge to All-Star Game MVP, here’s some odds you can lay some money down over All-Star Weekend

BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge 2017 Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

New Orleans is playing host to All-Star Weekend yet again. This weekend will mark the second time since 2014, and third instance since 2008 New Orleans is hosting the weekend long event. Tickets for the NBA’s marquee weekend are, if you haven’t heard, at an extremely affordable price. Historically affordable in fact. I’m not saying that means anything, I’m just saying.

Anyway, one of the world’s greatest party cities is once again hosting the NBA’s biggest party and that means it’s time for The Bird Writes third annual All-Star prop bet preview. As always, do the opposite of what I say; case in point: I didn’t see Buddy Hield scoring more than 12 points in the Rising Stars Challenge. Hield score 28 and was the frontrunner for MVP until Jamal Murray shot out of his dang mind and one-upped him with 36 points. That’s why it’s more fun to talk about betting than actually bet money.

All odds courtesy of Bovada.

Taco Bell Skills Challenge

  • Isaiah Thomas (+200)
  • John Wall (+225)
  • Devin Booker (+400)
  • Gordon Hayward (+800)
  • Anthony Davis (+1000)
  • Kristaps Porzingis (+1200)
  • DeMarcus Cousins (+1400)
  • Nikola Jokic (+1400)

The little guys are, naturally, favored to win the Skills Challenge but lest we forget Karl-Anthony Towns won the Skills Challenge last year.

I’m leaning toward one of three players for this: John Wall because he’s an absolute blur with the ball in his hands, Davis because you’ve gotta think he’ll want to represent New Orleans well and go all out to win this for the city, or Gordon Hayward because of his sheer handsomeness. You can’t underestimate the other players being intimidated by how attractive Hayward is. You ever try to do something cool when the cute girl in class is nearby? It’s like that. Give me Hayward. And give me Hayward if yanno what I’m sayin *wink*

JBL Three Point Contest

  • Klay Thompson (+110)
  • Kyrie Irving (+400)
  • CJ McCollum (+700)
  • Kyle Lowry (+900)
  • Eric Gordon (+900)
  • Nick Young (+900)
  • Kemba Walker (+1200)
  • Wes Matthews (+1200)

First of all, what in the hell is JBL? And what happened to Footlocker sponsoring the event? RIP Footlocker we hardly knew ye. :(

Defending champion Klay Thompson is odds on favorite and for good reason. If he repeats, Thompson would be the first player since wait for it...Jason Kapono (!!!) to win back-to-back Three Point Contests. Keep an eye out for Eric Gordon wanting to stick it to New Orleans with a winning performance. Hey Eric if you love Houston why don’t you MARRY IT??? Got ‘em.

Verizon Dunk Contest

  • Aaron Gordon (-150)
  • Derrick Jones Jr. (+120)
  • Glenn Robinson III (+750)
  • DeAndre Jordan (+1100)

Gordon is the overwhelming favorite and rightfully so; his performance last year in Toronto was awesome and frankly should’ve beaten Zach LaVine in the best Dunk Contest Duel since Jordan and Dominique Wilkins in 1988. But it gives me a good excuse to play one of my all-time favorite pieces of video courtesy of Deadspin.

I like Gordon and the revenge card he can play. Phoenix rookie Derrick Jones Jr. is a darkhorse to win the Slam Dunk Contest and the kid has undeniable hops. And the Slam Dunk Contest is an excellent stage to announce yourself to the NBA world. Will the stage be too big for him? I hope not because he could prove to be a worthy foil for Gordon.

All-Star Game MVP

  • Russell Westbrook (+300)
  • Stephen Curry (+600)
  • Anthony Davis (+650)
  • James Harden/Kevin Durant/LeBron James (+700)
  • Kyrie Irving (+750)
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (+1100)
  • Kawhi Leonard/Isaiah Thomas (+1500)
  • Jimmy Butler (+2200)
  • Paul George (+2500)
  • DeMar DeRozan (+2800)
  • John Wall/Carmelo Anthony/Klay Thompson/Kyle Lowry (+4500)
  • DeMarcus Cousins/Draymond Green (+5500)
  • Kemba Walker/DeAndre Jordan (+6500)
  • Gordan Hayward (+7000)
  • Marc Gasol/Paul Millsap (+8000)

This feels like a two-horse race: either hometown hero Anthony Davis will bask in the support of the home crowd and have some type of 25-point-10-rebound-3-block game OR resident crazy man Russell Westbrook will be total herb and keep the ball all to himself to prove something petty toward Kevin Durant and all of his new Warrior teammates. If Westbrook wins MVP, he’ll become the first player to ever win the award in three consecutive seasons and the fifth player in league history to win it three times joining Bob Pettit, Kobe Bryant, Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal. Whether Westbrook knows he has a chance to make history Sunday night or not he’s my (reluctant) pick to win MVP because hell hath no furry like a teammate spurned.