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2022 NBA All-Star Weekend Best Bets, Odds, and Props
The NBA’s midseason break is about here and while some get to relax and take time off, others participate in various fun events. Although some secretly would like to rest from Friday through Sunday.
But they’re good sports, paid handsomely, so they do it anyway. Plus, it’s a way to show off their skills in different from regular-season games. Not quite the competitive nature of the playoffs, but these guys really wanna beat each other in these contests. Just don’t expect much defense at all in the actual All-Star Game. Heh. No joke. There will be next to zero D in Cleveland this year.
OK, so here we go with the best prop bets for this year’s All-Star Game.
Team LeBron over Team Durant
First things first, even though this is the last event. Whatever. OK, so Durant, still injured, isn’t even going to play in the game and LeBron drafted a better team. And it’s in Cleveland and Team LeBron is 4-0 in the All-Star Game since the league changed the format. The spread on the game’s outcome, which is never a given, on any Sunday, is somewhere between four and six points. Just play it safe and take the money line on Team LeBron (listed as -240 as per DraftKings sportsbook.)
All-Star MVP: LeBron
When an All-Star player plays in his home city, it often, out of respect – and LeBron does still have that among players, believe it or not – results in him getting fed the ball a ton and it usually leads to an MVP award. I believe that’s gonna happen in Cleveland. He’d join friend, the late great Kobe Bryant, and also Bob Pettit, as the only four NBA players to win four All-Star Game MVP trophies. Book it and odds are pretty good. +600 on most sites.
Slam Dunk winner: Obi Toppin
Dude took second in last season’s event and he delivered a silly, incredible, ridiculously great dunk this season. I believe the man is practicing and preparing to win this. That’s what I’m saying. He’s gonna put on a show. He wants this award. He and Jalen Green are the top two favorites but it will be Toppin out on top with the trophy by the end of it.
3-Point Contest: Trae Young
Patty Mills and Fred VanVleet, shooting like non-assassins from downtown, are the top two favorites, but I’m going with Atlanta’s Trae Young, who, along with Luke Doncic, who will always, maybe, (can’t sue me) be linked to bitcoin-conspiracy (I want in, you talented traded-for-each-other lads.)
Winner of the Skills Challenge
Team Cavs: Jarrett Allen, Darius Garland, Evan Mobley
Many people, me among them, like this non-LeBron team. Yeah. Dangerous.
I can’t wait for the L.A. teams of the world (not the Rams, don’t be silly at this point) to finally need to rebuild because you have these teams from Chicago and Memphis and Cleveland coming for you. Maybe not this year. Are we all believing in Phoenix? Not the city or the state, but sure, like the team. Book(er) it that they lose again in the title game … against who? To be continued.