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NBA Dunk Contest Odds & Predictions 2022

Posted: Feb 19, 2022Last updated: Feb 19, 2022

NBA All-Star Weekend is one of the most entertaining events on the league’s annual schedule. Saturday night kicks off with the Skills Challenge, followed by the 3-Point Contest. Over the years, though, neither of those events have compared to the Slam Dunk Contest.

It’s easily the most storied tradition of All-Star Weekend, with all-time great dunkers such as Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, and Dwight Howard winning the event. There’s nothing quite like the excitement that fills the arena when an electrifying dunk rocks the rim.

This year’s contest is shaping up to be another great one. Below, we’ll take a look at the odds and tell you who we’re riding with to come out on top.

All-Star Dunk Contest Odds

Slam Dunk Contest odds provided by DraftKings are current as of 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday, February 15.

  • Jalen Green, Houston Rockets (+200)
  • Obi Toppin, New York Knicks (+205)
  • Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic (+300)
  • Juan Toscano-Anderson, Golden State Warriors (+340)

Headlining the contest is rookie Jalen Green, a springy guard with effortless hops. Green has just the right blend of power and finesse, making him one of the most exciting finishers in the league. Closely behind him is Obi Toppin, who came in second in last year’s contest and is known for his stellar in-game dunks.


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Cole Anthony and Juan Toscano-Anderson round out the field, and although their odds are longer, they’re still huge threats to win this contest. Anthony is extremely athletic, and Toscano-Anderson went viral earlier this season for a slam he threw down over Suns center JaVale McGee.

Slam Dunk Contest Prediction

In the opening round, I believe Green, Toppin, and Anthony will separate themselves as the clear contenders in this event. Unfortunately, only two of those three can advance to the final round, so each contestant may need to take a bigger risk with their second dunk in the first round.

Despite Anthony’s creativity and athleticism, I like Green and Toppin to make it to the final round. Green floats like a feather, and combined with his flashiness, he feels like a lock to advance. Toppin’s consistency and prowess will be enough for him to move on as well.

This final round has the potential to be the best we’ve seen in years. Nothing has been able to top Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon’s showdown in 2016, and while I don’t think this will either, it’s easy to draw comparisons between Green and LaVine and Toppin and Gordon.

Toppin’s lack of creativity was his downfall in the 2021 Slam Dunk Contest, and I think he’ll work harder to innovate this time around. But no matter how crafty he gets, I have a hard time seeing how anybody other than Green wins this event.

Dunk Contest Winner Pick

Jalen Green. He’s young, he can fly, and his desire to be in the spotlight tells me he’s going to pull out all the stops to get off as many slams as he can on Saturday night.


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ASG Dunk Contest Best Bets

Jalen Green Wins Slam Dunk Contest (+200) at DraftKings

WAGER: 2 Units

I would normally advise some caution in betting the favorite in any event, but I believe they got this one right. Green is as exciting a finisher as they come, and he should walk away with the trophy so long as he can get his dunks to go down.

Obi Toppin Wins Slam Dunk Contest (+205) at DraftKings

WAGER: 1 Unit

If Toppin can bring some more creative slams to the table this year, I think he’ll still have a good chance to win this event. He’s an experienced dunker, too, so the risk of him botching any of his attempts seems low. If Green doesn’t enamor you, this is as good a pick as any.

Juan Toscano-Anderson Wins Slam Dunk Contest (+340) at DraftKings

WAGER: 0.75 Units

Toscano-Anderson’s expectations seem reasonably lower than the other contestants, so I like him as a dark-horse candidate. He’s also comfortable as an underdog — this is his third year in the NBA despite going undrafted — so there’s a chance he could thrive in this position.

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Garrett Chorpenning

Garrett Chorpenning is a Digital Content Coordinator for The Game Day. His previous work includes covering the LA Clippers for Sports Illustrated and FanSided.

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