We’ve now reached that point in the 2018-19 NBA season where all players get a week off to physically and mentally recover from the rigours of 4-5 months of competitive basketball. All players expect the ones competing in the All-Star weekend of course!
The All-Star weekend is now upon us, so we’ve decided to put together our best betting picks for all the events set to take place. These include the Team World vs Team USA game, 3-point contest, dunk contest, and of course the All-Star game, which in 2019 is Team LeBron vs Team Giannis. As always, good luck to everyone following our tips!
Team LeBron vs Team Giannis
The main event of the All-Star weekend kicks off on Sunday at 8pm (ET). For the second year running we’ve got the draft format instead of the old East vs West that we’d come accustomed to. Also for the second year running, LeBron James will be one of the team captains due to being the highest vote getter in the Western Conference, while Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the other team captain after leading the votes in the East.
Historically, All-Star games a high scoring, filled with highlights, with little to no defense being played. They’re almost always close, too. This year Team LeBron comes in as hot favourites to claim the win, as most people feel he made the better selections on draft day. While you could make the case that LeBron does in fact have the better players on his team, we feel that Giannis made the smarter picks by selecting all the younger guys who he knows will want to go out there and compete. For this reason, as well as the history of the All-Star game, we’re very happy to take Team Giannis at the spread.
Three Point Shootout
There’s a stacked field in this years Three Point Shootout with the 10 best shooters in the NBA set to go toe-to-toe. Last year we saw Devin Booker light it up with 28 of a maximum 34 points to break the all time record and he’ll be back to try and defend his title again this season.
It’s always a bit of a hard one to predict, but we’ve found a few value selections that we think can pull off the feat. There are some definite value selections in Khris Middleton and Seth Curry (the less known brother), but he have to side with Buddy Hield. Hield is the only player not named Steph Curry to average over 4 3PFM this year and also has the best shooting percentage in that span. We love him at his current odds.
The other prestigious event on the All-Star weekend is the Dunk Conest. Over the years we’ve seen some ridiculous performances from Vince Carter’s 360 windmill to Eric Gordon’s under the legs over the mascot stunner.
This year we’re blessed with an inexperienced field with one young bucks ready to show the world what they’ve got. Of the four competitions we see John Collins as the best value. He’s a 6’10 athletic beast who’s shown his absurd skill during games over his two years in the NBA system. At 4 to 1 we see him as terrific value.