All-Star Weekend is coming up soon in Chicago. These couple days are an exciting time for the best players in the world to get together and showcase their skill. In this article, I give my blind predictions about the winners without getting into betting matters opposed to some others on the site. I’ve never gotten into that stuff, but I still like to give my opinions on winners, and it’s free to just say it and not put any money on it.
Rising Stars Challenge (Friday 2/14, 9pm)
World 158 – USA 143
It’s fun to watch the future of the NBA showcase their exciting talent. They haven’t altered the rules of this game which makes me happy, and I am also a fan of the US versus World aspect. I think that the World team has the upper hand this year, and I have a feeling Luka Doncic will take over the game and win MVP.
All Star Saturday Night: (Saturday 2/15, 9pm)
Taco Bell Skills Challenge:
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Oklahoma City Thunder
There’s not much to this event, so why not pull for one of my favorite players. I’ve been a big fan of Shai since college, and I hope that he can make the first pass clean and hit his first shot, which are the main keys to success and efficiency in this event. There’s also a lot of up and down the court involved, so hopefully Shai’s speed can give him an advantage in that regard.
Mountain Dew 3-Point Contest:
Trae Young – Atlanta Hawks
I’m excited to see players get hot and hit threes on top of threes this season. This has always been an event that excited me, even since I was really little. I have always been impressed by the consistency and range of the participants. I think Trae Young has the biggest chance to catch fire and get on a streak. Ice Trae is my winner because he loves these moments, he’s come through often in his young career, and I think he can take down some of the vets in this competition.
AT&T Slam Dunk:
Derrick Jones Jr. – Miami Heat
I mean, have you seen the man dunk. Derrick Jones finished second in the Dunk Contest in 2017, but I can’t see someone with his athleticism not winning. Jones throws down some of the craziest and most ferocious dunks you’ll ever see. I think he can beat out the rest of the field and take the dunk contest crown home.
NBA All-Star Game (Sunday 2/16, 8pm)
I have no clue how to predict this game. I’ll start by saying that I am not a fan of the new rules. I’m all for playing for charity, but resetting scores and having a target score in the 4th quarter is stupid to me. It might make the game more competitive, but I can’t be the only one who loves the deep threes and crazy dunks. With that being said, I think Lebron drafted the better team and Team Lebron will beat Team Giannis to the target score in the fourth quarter. Hopefully the format change doesn’t ruin one of my favorite events to watch, we’ll see what happens.
- Kevin Barnett