The 2019 NBA All-Star weekend is just around the corner. This year’s action will take place at the Spectrum Center, home of the Charlotte Hornets. It’s just the second time that Charlotte has served as the host. The previous was way back in 1991 when they played at the Charlotte Coliseum.
Below is a detailed look at the betting lines for all the big events on the schedule. While I wouldn’t recommend risking a significant amount of your bankroll on any of the All-Star festivities, it can be fun to throw a little action around.
NBA All-Star Friday & Saturday Night Betting Odds
Rising Stars Challenge
- Friday – 9:00 pm EST
Want to get to know some of the top young player in the league? Several will be on display Friday night the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. The event features a team made up of USA players and a team from around the World. Each side consists of 10 players. Each of which is either in their first or second season in the league.
Last year team World won 155-124, easily covering as a 3.5-point underdog. The game went under the total of 296.5. This format was introduced in 2015. Team World has dominated to say the least. Team USA’s only win was a 157-154 victory in 2016.
|Luka Doncic (World)||+380|
|Ben Simmons (World)||+420|
|Donovan Mitchell (USA)||+760|
|Jayson Tatum (USA)||+780|
|De’Aaron Fox (USA)||+950|
|Deandre Ayton (World)||+1000|
|Kyle Kuzma (USA)||+1000|
|Bogdan Bogdanovic (World)||+1300|
|Trae Young (USA)||+1150|
|Lauri Markkanen (World)||+1300|
|OG Anunoby (World)||+1300|
|Marvin Bagley III (USA)||+1900|
|Kevin Knox (USA)||+2200|
|Jaren Jackson Jr (World)||+2200|
|John Collins (USA)||+2200|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (World)||+2200|
|Cedi Osman (World)||+4000|
|Jarret Allen (USA)||+4000|
|Josh Okogie (World)||+4000|
|Rodions Kurucs (World)||+4000|
- Saturday – 8:00 pm EST (Event 1)
Typically this event has been reserved for guards, but a new twist was added three years ago. Instead of just focusing on the quick and agile guards, big men were allowed to participate.
The bigs won each of the first two years of the new format. Karl-Anthony Towns won the event in 2016 and Kristaps Porzingis won in 2017. Last year it was Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie who took home the hardware.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with how the Skills Challenge works, it’s a three-round event where players show off their dribbling, passing, agility and 3-point shooting in an obstacle-course layout.
It is a single elimination tournament, so be sure to check out the bracket before placing your bet.
- Saturday – 8:00 pm EST (Event 2)
The 3-point shootout has become the most popular event of All-Star weekend outside of the actual game. This year’s field certainly won’t disappoint.
While I’m sure most of you know how this event works, each player will get to shoot five shots from five different locations. The first four balls of each rack are worth 1 -point and the final ball, also known as the “money ball,” is worth 2-points. The top 3 scores will advance to the finals, where they will repeat the process to determine a winner.
Slam Dunk Contest
- Saturday – 8:00 pm EST (Event 3)
While it’s still the last event on the card for All-Star Saturday, there’s no denying that the Slam Dunk Contest has lost a lot of hype over the years. With that said, it’s been worth the price of admission the past few go arounds.
The contest is a two-round event. Each player gets the chance to perform two dunks with no time limits, though they only can attempt each three times. Each dunk is graded on a scale of 6 to 10.
The two players with the highest combined score will advance to the finals. The final two participants get two more dunks with the highest combine score being crowned champion.
|Dennis Smith Jr||+155|
All-Star Game Betting: MVP Odds, Game Line & Props
- Sunday – 8:20 pm EST
A new format was put in place last year. The two leading vote-getters are named captains and allowed to hand-pick their teams via a draft. The two in charge of picking this year was LeBron James of the Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks.
This goes away from the previous format, where it was the best of the Western Conference up against the best of the Eastern Conference.
They made the switch to the new format in hope for a little more competitive game. It definitely seemed to work. In 2017 the final score was 192-182 for a ridiculous combined score of 374. Last year the total was 346 and it didn’t even come close, as Team LeBron edged Team Curry 148-145.
I’ve included the rosters for each team, the betting lines for the game and the odds to win the MVP award below.
|Team (Giannis)||+6.5 -110||+230||o310.5|
|Team (LeBron)||-6.5 -110||-270||u310.5|
- G – Kyrie Irving (Celtics)
- G – James Harden (Rockets)
- F – LeBron James (Cavs)
- F – Kevin Durant (Warriors)
- F – Kawhi Leonard (Raptors)
- F/C – Anthony Davis (Pelicans)
- G – Klay Thompson (Warriors)
- G – Damian Lillard (Blazers)
- G – Ben Simmons (76ers)
- F/C – LaMarcus Aldridge (Spurs)
- C – Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves)
- G – Bradley Beal (Wizards)
- G – Dwyane Wade (Heat)
- G – Steph Curry (Warriors)
- G – Kemba Walker (Hornets)
- F- Paul George (Thunder)
- F – Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks)
- C – Joel Embiid (76ers)
- G – Russell Westbrook (Thunder)
- G – Khris Middleton (Bucks)
- C – Nikola Jokic (Nuggets)
- F – Blake Griffin (Pistons)
- G – D’Angelo Russell (Nets)
- C – Nikola Vucevic (Magic)
- G – Kyle Lowry (Raptors)
- F/C – Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks)
*Bold – indicates starters
Odds to Win MVP Award