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NBA All-Star Weekend: Dunk Contest Preview

NBA All-Star Weekend: Dunk Contest Preview

Breaking down the contestant pool for the NBA's Dunk Contest

Category: Thrill of the Game |
by Zach Weiss - Tipico - February 17, 2022

An event that is seemingly great one year and horrible the next, the NBA’s Dunk Contest is upon is once again. Held during halftime of last year’s All-Star game, the dunks just did not seem to be as spectacular. The oomph factor was missing. But this time, it will be back to the usual Saturday night closer. And it should have some of the flare that has been missing. Time to take a peek at the four competitors and their odds of winning it.

Jalen Green

Taken #2 overall in this year’s NBA Draft, Jalen Green has not lived up to the hype just yet for the Rockets. They had their best stretch of the year while he was out with an injury. His game has picked up a bit in recent weeks, and he has plenty of time to show that he can be the player they expect him to be.

As far as his dunking ability, he is certifiably electric. He finishes plenty of powerful in-game jams, but sheer force is not enough here. He has plenty of ideas he can get from his athletic teammates like Jae’Sean Tate and Kenyon Martin Jr. It’s all about creativity.

He’ll have a chance, no doubt.

Obi Toppin

As the saying goes, “There Ain’t No Stopping Obi Toppin”. Obi’s minutes have not been where Knicks fans would want, especially considering the team enters the All-Star break having lost 13 of 16 overall. But when he’s out there, Toppin is throwing down JAMS.

He is as electric as any player in the league and has been known for his late-game windmill dunking ability. As athletic as anybody in the competition, Toppin is going to have to think outside the box to try and outsmart the competition.

Cole Anthony

Cole Anthony has proven during his time with the Magic that he is an incredibly talented kid. Son of longtime NBA point guard Greg Anthony, he’s shown a few flashes of greatness. And his team will be a force for years to come, with all the great young basketball minds on the team.

He has never been thought of for his dunking ability, though. Anthony is certainly athletic and can rise up for those crowd-engagers. But what is his package like? Hopefully, he reached out to Penny Hardaway and Dwight Howard for some ideas. He is going to have to wow in order to advance to the final round.

Juan Toscano-Anderson

It took him a few extra years to make it to the NBA, but life has been great for Juan Toscano-Anderson since 2020. He signed with the Warriors, having been born and raised in the area. It was a pleasant homecoming, and he has been making plays for the team since his arrival.

His dunking ability has certainly been on display this year, throwing down an incredible poster on JaVale McGee. Aside from bringing the power to his jams, JTA has not shown an ability to think differently.

If he can come in and show out early on, he can certainly make it to the Finals. We haven’t seen a Warriors player win the event since Jason Richardson in the early 2000’s.

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NBA All-Star Weekend: Dunk Contest Preview
NBA All-Star Weekend: Dunk Contest Preview
by Danny Scaramella - Tipico

BETFTW! On Site Divisional Round

NBA All-Star Weekend: Dunk Contest Preview

Lorenzo's Locks: Divisional Round Games

The Green Bay Packers are coming off their first round bye and are the healthiest they have been all season long. Aaron Rodgers is surgical at home, especially when coming off a bye. Now although the 49ers have been red-hot in recent play, their two best defenders, Bosa and Warner, were injured vs the Cowboys and may be slowed down against Green Bay. The Packers also went 7-1 against the spread this season at home. Lorenzo is locking in the Packers and the spread. Onto the AFC, Lorenzo likes the Buffalo Bills in an upset. Buffalo played their most complete game of the entire season last week against New England. The Bills have been clicking on all cylinders and are 4-1 against the spread over their last five. Their offense is comparable with Kansas City's and Buffalo has the edge on defense. The Chiefs have been unreliable at home, while the Bills excel on the road as underdogs. Lorenzo is locking int the Bills to win and to cover the spread. The Los Angeles Rams vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers has everything in the making for an offensive showdown. Tom Brady knows how to pick apart defenses and with the Rams electric offense, Lorenzo sees this game as a shootout. In week 3, the Rams beat the Bucs and 58 points were scored. Although Lorenzo likes the Bucs in this matchup, he is locking in the OVER in total points scored.

NBA All-Star Weekend: Dunk Contest Preview

BETFTW! On Site Wild Card Weekend

The AFC Wild Card game on Saturday, January 8th features the New England Patriots traveling to Buffalo to take on the Bills. We all remember what happened the last time these two faced off in Buffalo. New England has cooled down after their mid-season hot streak, winning only one of their last four, including a Week 18 loss to the Miami Dolphins. This season, New Englands holds a better record against the spread than the Buffalo Bills. Bills beat reporter Sal Maiorana highlights the rubber match and game three between these two teams this weekend. Weather will continue to be a factor in their matchups. This has the chance to be one of the coldest games in Bills and Patriots history, and even close to league history. Wind chills are expected to be 10 to 15 degrees below zero. So who will this favor? The Patriots took advantage of the wind in their first matchup against Buffalo and pulled off the win. Then Buffalo's offense took control and came out with a win in Foxboro. If the wind is manageable, Maiorana expects a great game for Josh Allen. Josh Allen is the X-factor. The last time these two teams faced, Allen lit up the Patriots for three touchdowns and over 300 yards. If the Bills can contain the running game and make Mac Jones be a true quarterback, Maiorana thinks Buffalo can handle their business and move on to the divisional round.

By Danny Scaramella - Tipico
NBA All-Star Weekend: Dunk Contest Preview

Lorenzo's Locks: Wild Card Weekend

The Playoffs are here and Lorenzo isn't taking any chances against Tom Brady. The Bucs continue to have one of the top scoring offenses in the NFL, with Tom Brady locked in. The Eagles have also been hot as of late, closing out the season winning six of their final eight games, but the competition they played was incredibly weak. Some of their wins came against the Jets, Giants, and two against Washington. The Eagles secondary is also weak and Tom Brady will look to expose their defense. Since Brady joined Tampa Bay, the Bucs are 9-5 against the spread at home. Lorenzo likes the Bucs winning and covering the spread. The hottest team in the NFC down the stretch, may have been the 49ers. In their final 11 games, San Francisco went post an 8-3 record in wins and against the spread. Although Dallas likes to establish the run early, the 49ers are built to stop the run. Their pass-rush generated 24 sacks in the last six games of the season and will look to pressure Dak Prescott early. If the 49ers can avoid turnovers, Lorenzo sees them covering the spread and upsetting the Cowboys in Dallas. Finally, a divisional matchup to play each other for the third time this season. The Rams face the Cardinals with two electric offenses taking the field. The Rams have showed inconsistencies with their superstar lineup and haven't lived up to their expectations. The Cardinals are great on the road as underdogs and Lorenzo sees this game coming down to the wire and decided by less than a field goal. He predicts the Rams to win, but the Cardinals to cover.

By Danny Scaramella - Tipico

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