Since we’re still in the midst of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the NBA decided to have the All-Star Game and the events surrounding it, but with a new twist this season.
The events that we usually see on All-Star Saturday night such as the three-point contest, slam dunk contest, and skills challenge will now take place on the same night of the NBA All-Star Game, which is being held in Atlanta, GA on Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET.
The skills challenge will take place at 6:30 p.m. ET before the NBA All-Star Game. The NBA tried to get Charlotte Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball to participate, but he passed on the event. Last year, Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo represented for the big man and took home the award.
This year’s field features multiple big men including Julius Randle, Domantas Sabonis, and Nikola Vucevic. We are going to give out a couple of picks for Sunday night’s competition as all odds are courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
Luka Doncic: +250
Chris Paul: +250
Julius Randle: +500
Domantas Sabonis: +500
Nikola Vucevic: +500
Robert Covington: +600
Favorite Pick: Chris Paul
When it comes to this competition, a lot of folks are going to pick Luka Doncic, which would not be a bad selection. Doncic is a walking triple-double and course on the court, does not look like it would be tough for him at all. However, my favorite pick is Chris Paul, who is still playing at a good level this season for the Suns.
He’s done a great job in directing traffic on the hardwood and also has participated in this event four times. But here’s the kicker, the last time he was in this event was 10 years ago in 2011.
Long Shot Pick: Robert Covington
For the long shot pick, I want to give it to one of the big men in this spot. But why can’t Robert Covington win it? He along with his teammate in Anfernee Simons are not playing in the All-Star Game, so their only focus coming in is to shock the world. The 3-and-D wing player would be the ultimate upset pick over the likes of Vucevic and Sabonis, who’ve participated in this before.
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