NBA All Star Slam Dunk Contest Free Pick

Posted by Aaron . on February 11, 2016 in

One of the most visually dramatic parts of All-Star Weekend is the Slam-Dunk Contest. There was a time when the major stars of the game took part in this — Michael Jordan basically owned this before he decided to stop giving it a try. Dominique Hawkins of the Atlanta Hawks was another star who could also throw down amazing dunks. One of the most surprising finishes came when 5’7” Atlanta Hawk Spud Webb took home the Slam-Dunk title. In today’s league, most of the big names stay away from this contest, as some may be worrying about the effect of the contest on their bodies — they don’t want to risk an injury pulling off a big stunt like this. There are four players set to take part in this year’s Slam Dunk Contest, so let’s take a look at each of them, and then we’ll give you our NBA online predictions.

NBA All Star Slam Dunk Contest Free Pick

Zach LaVine (Minnesota) 1 / 4

Those odds aren’t a typo — that’s 1 to 4 odds, insanely low for this sort of contest. However, if you watched Zach Lavine performance in New York City last year, you know how badly he whipped the competition, and the expectation is that he will do much the same in Toronto. He is a genuine artist with dunking — and he’s the solid favorite this Saturday.

Will Barton (Denver) 7/2

Barton is the second favorite here, but he’s a long way behind LaVine in the odds. Unless he has put together some routine behind closed doors that we don’t know about, it’s true that Barton is a tremendous athlete, but he has not yet shown the artistry that LaVine has when it’s time to throw a dunk down.

Aaron Gordon (Orlando) 5/1

The Magic have been up and down for most of the year, but Gordon has been a consistent highlight reel all on his own. I think that Gordon has a real shot at unseating LaVine with his moves, but it will only take one slip to keep him from victory.

Andre Drummond (Detroit) 9/1

Of these four contestants, Drummond appears to be the least athletic. That means that he’ll be the most limited when it comes to soaring through the sky and wowing the judges.

What about the NBA Skills Competition?

Isaiah Thomas sits with 10/3 odds. The Celtics guard is one of the most athletic players taking part in this competition. While such big men as Anthony Davis (New Orleans), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento) and Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota) are also on the list of competitors, their sheer size will put them at a disadvantage when it comes to running through the stations. Instead, you’re going to want some of the smaller participants. Patrick Beverley (Houston) has 9/2 odds of winning, followed by the exciting young Laker Jordan Clarkson (5/1). Draymond Green (Golden State) and C.J. McCollum (Portland) also have 5/1 odds of winning the skills competition.