- The Skills Challenge tests dribbling, long-range shooting, short-range shooting, and passing.
- Sportsbooks have released betting odds on the Skills Challenge and other activities.
- Spencer Dinwiddie is favored to win the Skills Challenge this year.
CHICAGO – The NBA’s All-Star Weekend brings with it many events, and each of these events carries with it a betting opportunity. Focused on the possible betting opportunities in the NBA’s All Star Weekend Skills Challenge, this competition is designed to focus on the skills not tested by the Dunk Contest and the Three-Point Contest.
The format of the Skills Challenge is such that it tests multiple skills in the same event. The challenge focuses on dribbling, passing, three-point shooting, and close-range shooting.
Basically, think of the challenge like an obstacle course. The first thing that a competitor has to do is test their dribbling skill by dribbling the ball around several obstacles. After this is completed, the competitor must then make a pass through an upright hoop, a difficult exercise and a good test of precision passing skills.
Then, they dribble back down the court for a layup and finally dribble all the way back again for a three-pointer from the top of the key.
The Skills Challenge Odds have been released by US online sportsbooks and some surprises and longshots can be bet on.
NBA Skills Challenge Winner
- Spencer Dinwiddie +300
- Khris Middleton +400
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander +400
- Jayson Tatum +500
- Pascal Siakam +500
- Patrick Beverley +600
- Domantas Sabonis +900
- Bam Adebayo +1200
Leading the pack is former skills challenge champion Spencer Dinwiddie, followed by Bucks' sharpshooter Khris Middleton, and Oklahoma City stud Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
The reigning Skills Challenge champion, Jayson Tatum, has the fourth-longest odds, the same as fellow All-Star Pascal Siakam.
Patrick Beverley, 2015’s winner, comes in with +600 odd to take it all.
At the end, two big men in Domantas Sabonis and Bam Adebayo round out the group of competitors. Both of these big men are unusually skilled for their size, with elite all-around ability, so don’t count them out just yet.
The NBA Skills Challenge begins on Saturday at 8 p.m. EST in Chicago. With the help of online sportsbooks, bettors can still bet on the NBA and all of its festivities despite no regular-season games being played.