If you’ve been betting on the NBA’s 2014 Slam Dunk Contest for the past few years, you know it’s been a bit hit-and-miss. That’s all changing this year. The crown jewel of the All-Star weekend is finally being invigorated by a flood of actual, All-Star caliber talent instead of no-name bench warmers. Where’s your money safest? For once…I’m not totally sure.
NBA’s 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest Betting Odds & Analysis
Terrence Ross (+225 to win the 2014 Slam Dunk Contest)
Ross is silky smooth, hyper athletic and very aggressive. He owns the best dunk of the year already, which you can see below, and is also the defending champ. That’s probably why he leads the market. But I’m not positive that I like Ross as a repeat champion simply because his finish at the rim isn’t as powerful as I’d like it to be. Last year, he was a great outside favorite to bet at the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest, but in 2014 I’m not super excited about Ross as he faces a much more dangerous and star-studded cast of challengers.
Paul George (+275 to win the 2014 Slam Dunk Contest)
There’s no doubt in my mind that George is going to have people standing at attention, especially those that bet the NBA’s 2014 Slam Dunk contest in the sportsbook. George has turned this entire season in to his superstar coronation and amazed the internet with a 360 jam on a fast break this year. Frankly, the only reason to bet against George is if you like someone else in the competition. There’s no way that PG would enter this competition if he didn’t have something incredible up his sleeves. He wouldn’t risk it.
Harrison Barnes (+500 to win the 2014 Slam Dunk Contest)
Did you know that Barnes is nicknamed “The Black Falcon”? I only love this because there’s a superhero in the Marvel universe named “Falcon” and he’s also black. Couldn’t he have just been “Falcon”? It just seems like an odd nickname. “Black Mamba” rolls off the tongue. Saying “Black Falcon” feels like I’m coughing up Lego pieces I accidentally swallowed. And also, if you say “Falcon” too many times in a short burst it starts to loss its integrity during pronunciation.
So hopefully Barnes is much better at dunking then he is at giving himself nicknames. And OMG he totally is. Below is one of MANY highlights where you can see Barnes dish out the power and panache necessary to captivate the crowd and win the Slam Dunk contest. He has a great return on investment here at 5-to-1 and also has the goods to deliver. He hasn’t progressed much as a player this season (in fact he might be getting worse) but he still has the athleticism to capture the title here. And he might be vindictive enough to remind everyone just how talented he is.
John Wall (+500 to win the 2014 Slam Dunk Contest)
I’m genuinely split on John Wall. I love his speed, and he’s got great hops, but on most of his in-game dunks he barely gets to the rim. There are a few occasions where he’s thrown it down with authority, but I just don’t think he has the vertical to make him a strong bet at the NBA’s 2014 Slam Dunk contest.
Ben McLemore (+450 to win the 2014 Slam Dunk Contest)
Just watch the video. It’s not very good. And this is the video his OWN TEAM chose to put up on the internet. If you’re going to bet the NBA’s 2014 Slam Dunk Contest, you’re best served by steering clear of Ben McLemore. The stench of the Sacramento Kings hangs heavy here.
Damian Lillard (+475 to win the 2014 Slam Dunk Contest)
Lillard has a very, very busy day on Saturday. He’s also participating in the 3-Point contest and the Skillz Challenge (I like to spell it was a “z”). There’s a big chance that he’s gassed by the time he gets to the night’s final event. But I love Lillard as a dunker because of the one thing you really need to win – he finishes hard. When he delivers the rock to the rim, you get that delicious THUMP sound that is chocolate covered strawberries for your ears.
In order, I would bet Barnes, George and Lillard. Take your pick from those three when you hit the book to bet the 2014 Slam Dunk contest this weekend.