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Domantas Sabonis steamrolls way to NBA Skills Challenge victory

The Pacers big man defeated Nikola Vucevic in the Skills Challenge after being the runner-up last season.

Indiana Pacers guard Domantas Sabonis competes during the NBA All-Star Skill Challenge at State Farm Arena.  Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers big man Domantas Sabonis won the 2021 Skills Challenge prior to the NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta on Sunday evening. NAME entered the contest at +550 on DKSB to win the Skills Challenge. Sabonis was the runner-up in this contest last season.

Finals Recap

Sabonis didn’t stay perfect through the final round, and he chucked threes alongside Vucevic before finally rattling one home for the win. Big men reign supreme again. I guess warming up makes all the difference in the Skills Challenge, even though it didn’t require a ton of skill this year.

Second Round Recap

Big men are taking over! Sabonis took down the favored Luka Doncic, but the Dallas Mavericks superstar hardly tried to win. Paul had a much closer matchup against Vucevic, but the big man prevailed again after the duo fired off a bevy of threes down the home stretch. We’re in for a Sabonis vs. Vucevic finals, just like everyone expected.

First Round Recap

Domantas Sabonis knocked off a cruising Julius Randle in the first round. He completed the pass and his three-pointer on the first try. That matchup was followed up by a Nikola Vucevic victory over Robert Covington. The Orlando Magic big man was also the model of efficiency.

Skills Challenge Pre-Contest Odds

Luka Doncic +175
Chris Paul +175
Julius Randle +550
Domantas Sabonis +550
Nikola Vucevic +550
Robert Covington +700