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Rookie Sensations Top NBA Slam Dunk Odds

Rookie Sensations Top NBA Slam Dunk Odds - Bovada Sportsbook

Dallas Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. has emerged as the favorite to claim top honors in this weekend’s NBA Slam Dunk Contest, leading the way at +170 on the NBA Slam Dunk odds.

Selected ninth overall in the 2017 NBA Draft, Smith has had an immediate impact in his NBA debut, averaging 14.8 points per game through 50 appearances while recording double-doubles on three occasions.

The 20-year-old has dominated the rim since his high school days, and was a force in his lone season with the North Carolina State Wolfpack, averaging 18.1 points per game and earning ACC Rookie of the Year honors.

Another member of the 2017 NBA draft class closely follows Smith on the NBA Slam Dunk odds. Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell is pegged at +220, ahead of Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. at +265, while Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo trails at +400.

Mitchell got the call to participate following 2016 Slam Dunk finalist Aaron Gordon’s withdrawal due to injury. The 20-year-old has shown steady improvement during his rookie campaign, twice cracking the 40-point mark, and now leads the Jazz with 19.5 points per game.

Nance aims to follow in the footsteps of his father, Larry Nance Sr., who claimed victory in the inaugural Slam Dunk Contest in 1984, while Oladipo looks to become the fourth Pacers player to claim the win at the NBA All-Star Weekend’s most talked about event.

 

Thompson Leads NBA Three-Point Contest Odds

Two recent Three-Point Contest champions lead the way at this year’s competition. Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson is perched as a +210 favorite, followed by Houston Rockets shooting guard Eric Gordon, who sits at +450 on the NBA Three-Point Contest odds.

Thompson equaled teammate Stephen Curry’s record with 27 points in a single round en route to the 2016 Three-Point crown, and sits second in the NBA this season with a .455 three-point percentage. Gordon needed overtime to edge out Kyrie Irving in last year’s competition, and has averaged over 3.0 three-pointers per game since the start of last season.

Further down the NBA Three-Point Contest odds, Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns sits at +550, followed by Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George at +650. Wayne Ellington is pegged as a +700 bet, ahead of Bradley Beal at +750, while Kyle Lowry sits well back at +1000, and Tobias Harris trails as a +1100 longshot.

And it is a tight race atop the NBA Skills Competition odds, with journeyman Lou Williams emerging as a +350 favorite, just ahead of last season’s Rising Stars Challenge MVP Jamal Murray at +400, and Boston Celtics veteran Al Horford at +500.

A veteran of 12 NBA seasons, Williams is enjoying a career year with the Los Angeles Clippers, tallying 23.2 points and 2.8 three-pointers per game. Murray has drained 16.3 points per game while regularly starting in his second year with the Denver Nuggets, but has been hampered by a chest injury that could limit his effectiveness in this weekend’s competition.

Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie is listed as a +550 wager on the NBA Skills Competition odds, while New Orleans shooting guard Buddy Hield joins Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid at +600. Finnish sensation Lauri Markkanen lags at +700, followed by longshot Andre Drummond at +900.

 

*Odds as of February 15, 2018

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