NBA Slam Dunk Contest OddsJosh Bailey
There’s renewed interest in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest due to young, hungry competitors. Reigning champ Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves returns to defend his title. Some heavy hitters stand in LaVine’s way. Unsung Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton is the second odds on favorite at 7/2. Third choice is Aaron Gordon from Orlando at 5/1 while Detroit big man Andre Drummond at 9/1 rounds out the 4 man tournament.
Is Zach LaVine at 1/4 the foregone winner of the 2016 NBA Slam Dunk Contest? Or, will one of the underdogs step it up enough to wrest the championship away from LaVine?
What: NBA Slam Dunk Contest
What: West vs East
When: Saturday, Feb. 13, 8:00 pm ET – Third Event
Where: Toronto, ON
Stadium: Air Canada Centre
Stream: TNT Overtime
The 2016 Slam Dunk Contest Betting Favorites
Zach LaVine, Minnesota, 1/4
He’s -250 for a reason. The only person that can beat Zach LaVine in this contest is Zach LaVine. But, beating himself could be a possibility. The problem with backing LaVine in this year’s NBA Slam Dunk Contest is that he pretty much did everything that could be done regarding the under the leg, one-handed dunk. He pulled the ball from somebody’s hand. He hit off the side of the backboard. He bounced it off the floor. What else will LaVine show that Dunk Contest Judges haven’t already seen? I’m playing against.
Will Barton, Denver 7/2
Barton dunks with force. That might be a nice contrast to LaVine’s more nuanced, acrobatic, style. Barton’s ferocious movements to the rim have made him the best choice in the eyes of the odds makers to dethrone Zach LaVine. The problem with backing Barton is that Gordon and Drummond are ferocious dunkers as well. The contrast in LaVine’s style and Barton’s style may not be as pronounced since he doesn’t have the size that both Gordon and Drummond have.
Aaron Gordon, Orlando, 5/1
The former Arizona Wildcat highlight reel was hurt for most of last season. If he had participated in the 2015 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, he might have gone off as one of the favorites. He’s got bulk, 220 pounds, to go along with height, 6’ 9”. If Gordon can bend the rim some and add just enough flash to show that there’s some style to his dunks, he might take down LaVine if the Minnesota showman doesn’t come up with anything new this year.
Andre Drummond, Detroit, 9/1
Out of the other 3 contenders, Drummond represents the best example of the contrast dunker to the champ. There is absolutely no semblance of grace in Drummond’s dunks. In any other contest, that might be deterrence, but in this contest, flat out, thunder dunking might be the way to take down LaVine. If Drummond can bring back Dominique’s windmill from the 80’s or Air Jordon’s free throw line dunk, or maybe even Cedric Ceballos’s blind-folded throw down, who knows? He’s worth a look at the odds. But, I’m going with the former Wildcat.
The Complete 2016 NBA All-Star Weeked Odds:
Odds to win 2016 NBA Slam Dunk Contest
- Zach LaVine (MIN) 1/4
- Will Barton (DEN) 7/2
- Aaron Gordon (ORL) 5/1
- Andre Drummond (DET) 9/1
Odds to win 2016 NBA Three-Point Contest
- Stephen Curry (GSW) 9/4
- Klay Thompson (GSW) 7/2
- JJ Redick (LAC) 5/1
- Devin Booker (PHO) 11/2
- Kyle Lowry (TOR) 11/2
- James Harden (HOU) 8/1
- Khris Middleton (MIL) 8/1
- Chris Bosh (MIA) 12/1
Odds to win 2016 NBA Skills Competition
- Isaiah Thomas (BOS) 10/3
- Patrick Beverley (HOU) 9/2
- Jordan Clarkson (LAL) 5/1
- Draymond Green (GSW) 5/1
- C.J. McCollum (POR) 5/1
- Anthony Davis (NOH) 8/1
- DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) 17/2
- Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) 10/1