While it sucks that the basketball season is on a break right now, nobody puts on an All-Star weekend like the NBA.
Not having a full slate of NBA games stinks, but that does not mean that the gambling picks will stop. As is customary at this point, you can gamble on anything, and that includes all the events taking place in Cleveland this weekend.
Since we can gamble on it, we will give out some picks. Today, we will give out our best bets for the three-point contest, dunk contest, and the All-Star game. If everyone behaves, we may even throw in a pick for the All-Star game MVP.
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*Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook
There is no skill when picking who will hit the most open threes, but I do like the value that McCollum has. First of all, he is a Northeast Ohio guy, and secondly, he has been heating up from deep lately. Since being traded to the Pelicans, McCollum is averaging 3.4 made threes per game on 42.5% shooting from deep.
The best shooter in this contest is Fred VanVleet, as he has averaged 4.5 made threes on 45% shooting over his last eight, and on the season, he is shooting 40.1% from three. While Towns is a really solid shooter for a big man, you have to play the odds here. Do not try and be a hero, just look for the best value. For this contest, McCollum has the best value.
Pick: C.J. McCollum (+950)
*Odds via BetUS
I do appreciate that the NBA is allowing the young guys to be in the dunk contest, but this is a weak lineup outside of Toppin. None of the major sportsbooks in the country currently have odds up for the dunk contest, so do not take BetUS' odds to heart. Make sure you do your homework.
But I do like Toppin to win the dunk contest. As a basketball player, Toppin is "whatever" but as an athlete, he may be one of the most impressive younger players.
Obi Toppin with the SLAM ‼️ pic.twitter.com/riqdakiyis— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 15, 2022
Green and Anthony are exciting players as well, but I do not know much about their dunking abilities. I have heard of Toscano-Anderson, but I can't say I have ever watched him play.
Yes, I am a casual.
Pick: Obi Toppin (+175)
SPREAD: Team LeBron -6 (-110)| ML: Team Durant (+190), Team LeBron (-230) | Total: 320 (-110)
LeBron James is a perfect 4-0 since the All-Star game turned to a draft format. A couple of those wins can be accredited to Giannis Antetokounmpo's horrendous drafting strategies, but as we have seen multiple times, LeBron can assemble a hell of a team.
I will say, however, that we have seen the lowest amount of points scored in the first half of the season since 2018, and field goal percentage is even worse through the first half of the season. This plays great for the under, but I will never, EVER, bet the under for an All-Star game.
Players like to show off, and we have a couple of first-timers in the All-Star game. Give me the over, and I will ride with Team LeBron again.
Pick: Team LeBron -6 (-110) & Over 320 (-110)
All-Star Game MVP
LeBron James is back in Cleveland? Could it get any more perfect? Well, this Cavaliers fan is pumped for LeBron to put on a show with current Cleveland Cavaliers, Darius Garland, and Jarrett Allen on his team.
Honestly, I love how seriously LeBron takes the All-Star Game, and with it being in his home state, slightly north of his hometown (people forget he is from Akron, not Cleveland), He is going to want to show out.
Pick: LeBron James (+600)
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