2020 NBA All-Star Weekend Betting Preview

NBA All-Star Weekend
Friday, February 14 - Sunday, February 16
United Center, Chicago, IL

The 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend is set to go down over the next few days in the Windy City.

The festivities kick off at 7pm on Friday night with the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles. ESPN's Mike Wilbon and Stephan A. Smith will coach the two sides. Common (recording artist) and Chance The Rapper (recording artist), both Chicago natives will captain their squads.

Some notable names for Team Wilbon are: Bad Bunny, Chef Jose Andres, Famous Los, and Chelsea Gray, and Quentin Richardson among others.

Team Stephen A. will include: Auavo, Ronnie 2K, Lil Rel Howery, A'ja Wilson, and Darius Miles, among others.

This event will take place at the Wintrust Arena, home of the WNBA Chicago Sky.

Later in the evening (9pm ET) at the United Center, fans will be treated to the 2020 NBA Rising Stars challenge. Twenty-two of the NBA's top first and second year players will compete head-to-head in a showdown between NBA players from the U.S. and NBA players from around the world.

U.S. Roster
Miles Bridges (CHA), Wendell Carter Jr. (CHI), Devonte' Graham (CHA), Tyler Herro (MIA, injured will not play), Jaren Jackson Jr. (MEM), Ja Morant (MEM), Kendrick Nunn (MIA), Eric Paschall (GSW), Collin Sexton (CLE), PJ Washington (CHA), Zion Williamson (NOP), Trae Young (ATL)

World Roster
Nickeil Alexander-Walker (NOP), Deandre Ayton (PHX), RJ Barrett (NYK), Brandon Clarke (MEM), Luka Doncic (DAL), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC), Rui Hachimura (WAS), Svi Mykhailiuk (DET), Josh Okogie (MIN), Moritz Wagner (WAS)

Saturday night is when the real fun begins. State Farm All-Star Saturday Night tips off at 8pm ET. The Taco Bell Skills Challenge is first. The MTN DEW 3-Point Contest is up next. The AT&T Slam Dunk contest will cap off the night.

Taco Bell Skills Challenge Participants:

• Bam Adebayo (MIA)
• Patrick Beverley (LAC)
• Spencer Dinwiddie (BKN)
• Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)
• Khris Middleton (MIL)
• *Derrick Rose (DET) - injured
• Domantas Sabonis (IND)
• Pascal Siakam (TOR)
• Jayson Tatum (BOS)
• *Gilgeuos-Alexander (OKC) - replaces injured Rose

Jayson Tatum (2019), Spencer (2018), and Patrick Beverley are looking to win the event for the second time. Derrick Rose won in 2009, but an injury means he won't get a chance to win his second title this year.

Up next is the MTN DEW 3-Point Contest. Some changes have been made to this event.

There will be two new spots for players to shoot from called the MTN DEW Zone. These will be located six feet behind the three-point line. Considering how the deep three has become a big part of today's NBA, this is a fun addition to the contest. One  green "3-Ball" will be placed at the two racks. Each one will be worth three points. The time in a round has also been increased from 60 seconds to 70.

MTN DEW 3-Point Contest Participants:

• Davis Bertans, Washington
• Devonte' Graham, Charlotte
• Joe Harris, Brooklyn
• Buddy Hield, Sacramento
• Zach LaVine, Chicago
• Damian Lillard, Portland
• Duncan Robinson, Miami
• Trae Young, Atlanta

Joe Harris (2019) is the only previous winner of the bunch.

The final event of the night will be the AT&T Slam Dunk contest. This should be an exciting event. A former champion (Howard), two runners-up (Gordon, Joner Jr.), and a newcomer (Connaughton) will be competing.

AT&T Slam Dunk Participants:

• Pat Connaughton, Milwaukee
• Aaron Gordon, Orlando
• Dwight Howard, Los Angeles
• Derrick Jones Jr., Miami

The weekend will be capped off with the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night. Check out my betting preview for the game in the BetUS Locker Room.

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