Much of the basketball betting attention will be focused on the All-Star game on Sunday but the other three options could be interesting as well. Here is a look at the Rookie Challenge, 3-Point Shootout and Slam Dunk contest.
NBA betting has the Rookie Challenge matching up the Rookies and Sophomores on Friday. It has been a one-sided game in NBA betting lately with the Sophomores dominating. The Rookies have not won since 2002.
The Sophomores will be expected to win again in NBA betting on Friday. The Rookies have Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings, Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks and DeJuan Blair of the San Antonio Spurs and others. The problem for the Rookies in basketball betting is they are facing a team of Sophomores that includes O.J. Mayo of the Grizzlies, Michael Beasley of the Heat, Brook Lopez of the Nets and others. One thing that does help the Rookies is that Derrick Rose won’t be playing for the Sophomores after originally being on the team.
There is also the 3-Point shootout and Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday in NBA betting. The 3-Point shootout will have six players competing for the title including defending champion Daequan Cook of the Miami Heat. He will not be the basketball betting favorite though with Boston’s Paul Pierce, Denver’s Chauncey Billups, Phoenix’ Channing Frye, New York’s Danilo Gallinari and Golden State rookie Stephen Curry. The basketball betting favorite could end up being Curry since he is known for his excellent 3-point shooting.
The Slam Dunk Contest is also on Saturday and it simply doesn’t have a lot of appeal anymore. Last year’s winner Nate Robinson is in the field again but the field is really not that strong or well known. Shannon Brown of the Lakers might be worth watching but the other two competitors are Charlotte’s Gerald Wallace and the winner of a dunk off between the Clippers’ Eric Gordon and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozen. This contest looks to be between Robinson and Brown and they should be the two NBA betting favorites.
NBA betting on the All-Star Game on Sunday takes the headlines but don’t forget about the Rookie Challenge on Friday and the 3-point and Slam Dunk Contests on Saturday.