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The NBA Slam Dunk Contest should be interesting to watch this Saturday, February 15th. There is a nice mix of stars and young talent. Of course the biggest name on the list is MVP candidate Paul George of the Indiana Pacers.
It’s not often of late that those players in the running for NBA MVP will enter the Slam Dunk competition. LeBron James hasn’t done it. Michael jordan used to do it which made the competition must-see television. It has been anything but that for much of the last decade. But this field looks to have one of the best in a while.
George has already been tabbed the early favorite according to Bovada Sportsbook’s 2014 Slam Dunk Contest betting lines. At 23/20, a wager on George is going off at near even money. The Pacers top player is well in front of the rest of the field.
The closest contenders are Toronto’s Terrence Ross (the defending champion), and Washington’s John Wall. They are going off at 7/2 and 9/2, respectively. Wall is another big name and a pleasant addition to the lineup. The position that he plays can allow for some impressive looking dunks as well. Playing guard, Wall has to elevate higher than some of those players that are taller at the forward position.
A couple of young players in Ben McLemore of the Kings and Harrison Barnes of the Warriors will go as well. These players will big in college and look to make that transition into the next level. But for this contest it’s all about having fun and being creative. Barnes is the biggest underdog in the group according to Bovada, going off at 17/2. McLemore is a bit in front at 5/1.
The final player in the competition isn’t a household name in Damian Lillard. But this Portland Trailblazer guard can get some serious air. At 5/1, he is set with equal odds as McLemore.
The Slam Dunk Contest isn’t the only thing taking place Saturday night during All Star Weekend. There is also the 3-point Shooting Contest. Eight of the best perimeter shooters in the game today will be on hand. Stephen Curry leads the way according to Bovada, going off at 2/1 to capture the title. Big man Kevin Love of the Timberwolves is actually the player nearest Curry, set at 4/1.
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