Giannis Antetokounmpo Causes Disarray for 2023 NBA All-Star Betting

Written by:
Don Shapiro
Published on:
Feb/17/2023

The wrist injury to Giannis Antetokounmpo has caused absolute turmoil for this week's NBA All-Star betting.

Antetokounmpo sprained his wrist in the second quarter of last Thursday's game against the Bulls.

He just happens to be the Eastern Conference captain and was slated to compete in the Skills Challenge and was third behind Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic in terms of MVP odds.

Both the MVP and Skills contests have been pulled off the board, at least temporarily, while the game line has shifted twoard the Western Conference.

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"We'll just see how he feels tomorrow, see how he feels the next few days and continue to evaluate it," Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said.

The good news is that initial xrays have come back negative.

The West was a 2.5-point favorite prior to the injury, and now the East is a 3-point underdog.

BetOnline still has odds for first West player to be drafted by LeBron James, where Luka Doncic opened as the favorite and has maintained that spot.  Slam Dunk and 3-Point Contest odds are still up as well.  The Rising Stars odds are also available.

Mac McClung, who started as a +650 longshot in the Slam Dunk contest, is now the odds-on favorite at -200. Currently, more than 80% of the wagers and handle have been on the 76ers' 6-foot-2 guard.
 

First Player Drafted by LeBron James               

Luka Doncic                  +200

Nikola Jokic                   +300

Kyrie Irving                   +350

Jayson Tatum                +550

Ja Morant                     +800

Donovan Mitchell          +1400

Anthony Edwards          +4000

Lauri Markkanen           +4000

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander+4000

                       

Slam Dunk Contest                  

Mac McClung                -200

Jericho Sims                  +400

Kenyon Martin Jr.          +400

Trey Murphy III             +650

                       

3-Point Contest           

Damian Lillard               +300

Buddy Hield                  +400

Tyrese Haliburton         +450

Kevin Huerter               +500

Jayson Tatum                +650

Lauri Markkanen           +650

Tyler Herro                   +700

Julius Randle                 +750

                       

3-Point Finalist            

Damian Lillard               -120

Buddy Hield                  +120

Tyrese Haliburton         +155

Kevin Huerter               +160

Jayson Tatum                +200

Lauri Markkanen           +225

Tyler Herro                   +230

Julius Randle                 +250

                       

Rising Stars                  

Team Pau                     +175

Team Deron                  +200

Team Joakim                 +275

Team Jason                   +425

                       

All-Star Game              

Team Giannis                +3

Team LeBron                -3

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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