I think it’s a pretty well-known fact that I like to dabble in an illegal activity here in Kentucky (although, hopefully that will change soon) and I’m pretty excited to cash in on some former Wildcats who are participating at NBA All-Star Weekend.
Up first, De’Aaron Fox will make his All-Star Weekend debut in the Rising Stars game Friday night. Fox was snubbed from the game last year, his rookie season, but he earned an invite as a second-year player. He will join Kevin Knox on Team U.S., while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be across the way on Team World.
The odds for one of the former Cats to win MVP honors are Fox (+1200), Knox (+2000) and Gilgeous-Alexander (+2000).
Rising Stars MVP:
|Ben Simmons +400||Luka Doncic +400||Jayson Tatum +700|
|Donovan Mitchell +700||Kyle Kuzma +1000||Deandre Ayton +1000|
|De’Aaron Fox +1200||Trae Young +1200||OG Anunoby +1200|
|Bogdan Bogdanovic +1200||Lauri Markkanen +1200||Marvin Bagley III +2000|
|Kevin Knox +2000||John Collins +2000||Jaren Jackson Jr. +2000|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander +2000||Cedi Osman +4000||Josh Okogie +4000|
|Rodions Kurucs +4000||Jarrett Allen +4000|
Then on Saturday night, Fox will be back to participate in the Skills Challenge. He is the favorite to win that one over Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Mike Conley, Nikola Jokic, Jayson Tatum, Kyle Kuzma and Nikola Vucevic.
|De’Aaron Fox +250||Luka Doncic +325||Trae Young +375|
|Mike Conley +550||Nikola Jokic +600||Jayson Tatum +600|
|Kyle Kuzma +700||Nikola Vucevic +900|
The Three-Point Contest is next with Devin Booker in the hunt to win the title for a second consecutive season. He is listed at +500 odds, behind only Steph Curry and Buddy Hield.
|Stephen Curry +200||Buddy Hield +400||Devin Booker +500|
|Seth Curry +600||Joe Harris +650||Kemba Walker +800|
|Damian Lillard +900||Danny Green +1200||Khris Middleton +1200|
|Dirk Nowitzki +1500|
And in the nightcap, Hamidou Diallo will try to win the Dunk Contest as the long shot over Dennis Smith Jr., John Collins and Miles Bridges.
|Dennis Smith Jr. +150||John Collins +250||Miles Bridges +250|
|Hamidou Diallo +325|
Diallo is my play of the night, simply because he has long odds in a field of four participants (and because he can fly). It’s a good value in a competition with three contestants making their debuts, plus Dennis Smith Jr., who finished third out of four last year. I don’t necessarily think Diallo will win it, but I like the payout if he does.
And if you’re interested in gambling on the actual All-Star game, which I do not recommend, the two former Wildcats are Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns at +1000 and +4000 to win MVP. The current line is Team LeBron -6 and the total is TBD.