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2020 NBA Rising Stars Challenge Gamethread: Can Zion Williamson grab the MVP or Nickeil Alexander-Walker steal some spotlight?

Zion is considered the favorite to grab the Rising Stars MVP

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Have a hankering for more New Orleans Pelicans basketball already? Well, Zion Williamson, Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Nicolo Melli have you covered because they’re all participating in tonight’s Rising Stars Challenge!

This particular event of NBA All-Star weekend isn’t going to fill the void in full, but it should be fun seeing three rookies represent New Orleans on the national stage, with undoubtedly Zion likely to drop several worthy highlights in the game. You can also bet that a lot of analysis and comments will consist of slobbering all over the first pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, but what do you think are his odds of taking home the MVP amid a cast that includes Luka Doncic, Trae Young and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander?

According to BetOnline, Zion has 5/2 odds of taking the Rising Stars MVP home. Ja Morant has 3/1 odds and both Luka and Trae, 5/1 odds.

While the world will be tuned into Zion, Morant and Luka, I’m a little eager to see how NAW shows out. This kid has seemingly never lacked the requisite confidence and this type of stage seems perfect for a player of his makeup: An assertive scorer and playmaker who can rack up stats in a hurry.

Anyone with any predictions or what they would like to see?

Where To Watch/Listen

What: 2020 NBA Rising Stars Challenge

Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

When: Friday, February 14, 2020, 8:00 PM

Watch: TNT