The NBA All-Star Weekend 2021 will look much different than in previous years, as sports continue to keep things safe during the pandemic. There won’t be a Rising Stars game this year, even though USA and World team rosters were announced on NBA Top Shot. However, there will be the annual contests including Taco Bell Skills, Mountain Dew 3-Point, and the AT&T Slam Dunk Contest.
Stephen Curry tops Mountain Dew 3-Point Contest odds, Booker replaced
Is there any player in the NBA better than Steph Curry at hitting three-pointers from basically any spot on the court? As of right now, nope. Curry has hit 169 of the 411 threes he’s attempted this season, good for a 41.1 percent rate from downtown.
He leads the NBA in threes made, ahead of fellow All-Star Damian Lillard (146). That makes Chef Curry the odds-on-favorite to take the Mountain Dew 3-Point Contest this year.
His strongest competition appeared to be Phoenix Suns sharpshooter Devin Booker, but now he won’t be competing. Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls’ Zach Lavine isn’t far behind.
Here’s a look at the odds for all competitors in the contest (as of 4/5/21):
Stephen Curry +150
Devin Booker +225*
Zach Lavine +325
Jayson Tatum +400
Donovan Mitchell +600
Jaylen Brown +750
The NBA revealed that the Jazz’s Mike Conley would replace Devin Booker in this year’s All-Star Game and 3-Point Contest. This is due to a left knee sprain injury Booker is dealing with. Booker was originally named as a replacement for the injured Anthony Davis.
Right now, BetUS offers odds for the above competitors, along with the option to bet on how many moneyballs a shooter hits, first-round scores, and more.
Luka favored to win Taco Bell Skills Challenge
The Taco Bell Skills Challenge features competitors dribbling, passing, and shooting through an obstacle course in a race against the clock. Currently, the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic leads all competitors at +200 overall. However, veteran point guard Chris Paul isn’t far behind. The Phoenix Suns’ All-Star is +250, followed by the Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis.
Luka Doncic +200
Chris Paul +250
Domantas Sabonis +350
Robert Covington +350
Julius Randle +450
Nikola Vucevic +550
Three competitors to battle in AT&T Slam Dunk Contest
AT&T will sponsor the NBA All-Star Weekend 2021 Slam Dunk contest. It typically takes place on Saturday night, but instead will arrive at halftime of the All-Star Game. This year’s contest won’t have any of the All-Star players involved. Sorry fans, we won’t see any rim-rattling dunks from LeBron, Zion, Donovan Mitchell, or Zach Lavine.
However, three young stars will look to put on a show, if possible, in this unique format. Relatively unknown guard Cassius Stanley from the Indiana Pacers leads the field. Stanley was drafted from Duke University. Also in this year’s contest are the New York Knicks’ Obi Toppin and Portland’s Anfernee Simons.
Cassius Stanley +125
Obi Toppin +150
Anfernee Simons +300
NBA All-Star Weekend 2021 schedule of events
It will be a different look for NBA All-Star Weekend 2021, with the events all taking place on Sunday, March 7, 2021. Coverage officially becomes on Sunday at 5 p.m. Eastern Time, but the events start at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. That’s when the Taco Bell Skills Challenge goes live on TNT. The MTN Dew 3-Point Contest will follow right after that.
The NBA All-Star Game itself will feature Team LeBron vs. Team Durant on Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. TNT will provide the official televised and live stream coverage for fans in the United States.
5 p.m. ET | NBA All-Star coverage begins on TNT
6:30 p.m. ET | Skills events begin:
Taco Bell Skills Challenge (first event)
MTN DEW 3-Point Contest (second event)
8 ET | NBA All-Star Game
AT&T Slam Dunk (halftime of ASG)
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