The majority of the NBA is on break at the moment, but that doesn’t mean we get the weekend off! The league has compressed all of All-Star weekend into just one night, and we can bet on all the action on DraftKings Sportsbook. That includes the Skills Competition, the 3-point Contest, the Slam Dunk Contest and the All-Star Game itself.
Let’s dive into some of my favorite wagers on DraftKings Sportsbook for All-Star Sunday.
Zach LaVine to win (+500)
Let’s be honest: Steph Curry should win this event. This isn’t exactly the greatest collection of dead-eye shooters that the NBA has ever assembled. The participants were limited to players playing in the All-Star Game, which removes 3-point specialists like Joe Harris, Khris Middleton and Duncan Robinson from the equation.
That said, taking a +150 favorite in an event that is somewhat random doesn’t seem like the best process.
Instead, let’s roll the dice on LaVine at better odds. He actually leads the field in terms of wide-open 3-point shooting percentage at 51.5% and he’s also shooting well in zero dribble situations.
I also love the fact that LaVine dominates from the left corner. He’s shooting 59.3% from that location, so he would be wise to put his moneyball rack in that spot. If he can drill a large portion of those attempts, he has a chance to pull off the upset.
Chris Paul to win (+250)
CP3 is a co-favorite in this event along with Luka Doncic, but he has the perfect skill set for the Skills Challenge. You basically need three skills to win – speed, passing and 3-point shooting – and Paul is arguably the best in the field in all three areas. Four of the six competitors are big men, and Doncic is not known for his athleticism. If Paul takes this event seriously, he should be the first player through the early part of the course in each of his matchups.
Then it simply comes down to his ability to knock down a 3-pointer from the top of the key. He’s shooting 40% from that area this season, which is a very strong number.
Most importantly, Paul doesn’t seem like the type of guy who is going to loaf through this event. If he’s participating, I would expect him to try to win. Motivation definitely matters in this event, so CP3 checks all the boxes.
Over 310.5 points (-109)
When the NBA changed to the current format back in 2018, it resulted in one of the better All-Star games in recent memory. Team LeBron finished with a 148-145 win over Team Steph Curry, which reinvigorated a stale event. Commissioner Adam Silver even threatened to cancel the event if the players didn’t start taking it more seriously, and they responded by upping the defensive intensity.
Since then, the defensive effort has slowly started to slip. The two teams combined for 342 points in 2019 and 312 points last year, both of which would have resulted in an over on the current total.
I also think it’s important to factor in the current climate surrounding the All-Star Game. Some of the players have questioned if this game should even take place this season, and these players are facing grueling schedules over the second half of the season. With that in mind, I don’t expect winning this game to be a huge priority for the players. I think they’re looking to put on a show for the fans, avoid injury and ultimately move on to the second half of the year. That means minimal defense, so I think this game cruises over the total.
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