The 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend officially got going Friday with the Celebrity and Rising Stars competitions but the real action for fans and bettors takes place Saturday. That’s when the Skills Challenge, 3-point shootout and Dunk contest take place. The event starts at 8:00 p.m. ET, with the Skills Challenge being the first event on the slate. It’s a new format for the event this year, with three teams. The Rookies are the favorites to win per DraftKings Sportsbook.
The 3-point contest will follow that up as the second event of the night, with Clippers guard Luke Kennard favored to win ahead of Patty Mills. Trae Young and Fred VanVleet are tied for the third-best odds to win. The Dunk contest will wrap up the evening, with Rockets rookie Jalen Green favored to capture that trophy.
We’ll have live updates as results roll in from each competition, along with winners.
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Obi Toppin officially won the Dunk contest, although in reality everyone lost watching that event. Juan Toscano-Anderson finishes second, but Toppin pays off for bettors who backed him at +190 to close. The Dunk contest should be moved ahead of the 3-point shootout, which has taken over for entertainment value unless the league decides to get some actual dunkers in the mix. Ja Morant, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Giannis Antetokounmpo would be an awesome lineup. Even Zach LaVine coming back would be helpful. We’ll see what the league does in response to this underwhelming showing.
Green puts up a 45 in the second round, while Anthony can’t convert a dunk and gets stuck with a score of 30. Toscano-Anderson and Toppin made no mistakes after realizing they didn’t need to go all-out and comfortably put themselves in the final round.
Obi Toppin puts up a 44 on his dunk attempt, while Jalen Green comes in with a 38. It’s Toppin and Toscano-Anderson in front right now, with Anthony in third and Green in fourth. There’s still one more round of dunks to go before determining the final dunk-off.
We’re on to the Dunk contest and things started out really slowly for Cole Anthony, who finished off his dunk on the third attempt to get a 40. Juan Toscano-Anderson brought out Andrew Wiggins for his dunk, while also sporting Mexican flag colors on his jersey. He hit his first attempt jumping over Wiggins and the judges rewarded him with 44.
Towns put up a record score in the final round with 29 points, and he wasn’t going to be caught. Young put up 28 and Kennard put up 26, which means the big man wins the competition. At +1100, he was the biggest underdog per DraftKings Sportsbook. KAT winning has those who backed him feeling great right now.
The final round of the 3-point contest is set with Luke Kennard, Trae Young and Karl-Anthony Towns making it. Young eliminated Patty Mills on the final shot of his round to secure his spot. Kennard is the favorite at +400, while Towns was a big longshot at +1100. Young is +550 to win.
We’re halfway through the 3-point contest and the favorite Luke Kennard is leading the way with 28. CJ McCollum put up 19 and Desmond Bane has 18. Zach LaVine, who is battling a knee issue, finished with 14 points and has been officially eliminated. We’ll see if McCollum and Bane can hold up as the second half of the round begins shortly.
Evan Mobley hits the half-court shot for Team Cavaliers in less time than Cade Cunningham did for Team Rookies, meaning Cavs +200 is a winning bet for those who wagered on the event. It’s a nice start for the hometown team which will be looking for a lot more hardware over the weekend.
It’ll be the Rookies and Cavaliers in the final round, which is a half-court shot. We’ll see if anyone can hit that shot within the given time.
In the passing portion of the event, the Rookies and Antetokounmpos tied with 88 but the tiebreaker went to the Antetokounmpos. So it’s Cavaliers 100, Antetokounmpos 100 and Rookies 0 with the team relay left. The relay is worth 200 points, so the Rookies can still catch up here and get into the final round.
In the shooting portion of the Skills Challenge, the Cavaliers won 44-32-16, with the Rookies finishing second. They win 100 points as part of the revamped Skills Challenge, which will feature two more rounds.
The Skills Challenge is about to get underway in a revamped format. The shooting portion of the competition is first. There’s also a team relay and a passing challenge as part of the first leg of the event. The final showdown will be between the top two teams, which is a half-court shot contest. It looks like the Rookies are going first.