NBA Slam Dunk contest betting preview: The case for each player
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The NBA All-Star break is underway, giving bettors a chance to play a couple of markets over the weekend. One is the always entertaining Slam Dunk contest, which features three youngsters this year.

Obi Toppin, Anfernee Simons, and Cassius Stanley comprise the three-player field on Saturday. This edition of the event is such a crapshoot that we're going to make a case for each player.

Odds to win the Slam Dunk contest

Player Odds
Obi Toppin +150
Anfernee Simons +175
Cassius Stanley +200

Why you should bet Toppin

Toppin's rim-rocking jams were on display during his Dayton tenure. When the Knicks drafted him at No. 8 in 2020, he left as the program's all-time leader in dunks (190).

His overall impact for the Flyers made him a lottery pick, but the 23-year-old's hops put Toppin on the map. He threw down a whopping 107 dunks during his final season in Dayton, and a highlight-reel play surfacing on Twitter felt like a nightly occurrence.

Toppin is athletic, creative, and perhaps most of all, relentless.

He tried that in an actual game!

Why you should bet Simons

If you're playing the finesse card, go with Simons. He's a 6-foot-3 product of the IMG Academy with incredible bounce. There aren't many 21-year-old NBA players who make floating in the air look this easy.

His smooth athleticism will play well to the judges.

Why you should bet Stanley

Stanley is the ultimate value pick if you're just flat-out stumped. There are so many unknowns surrounding these three players in a volatile market, and a simple cash grab at 2-1 wouldn't be the worst route.

The former Blue Devil will take home the hardware if he can whip up a couple of dunks like this one.

(Odds source: theScore Bet)

Alex Kolodziej is a betting writer for theScore. He's a graduate of Eastern Illinois who has been involved in the sports betting industry for 12 years. He can quote every line from "Rounders" and appreciates franchises that regularly wear alternate jerseys. Find him on Twitter @AJKolodziej.

NBA Slam Dunk contest betting preview: The case for each player
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