The 2019 NBA Slam Dunk Contest will headline NBA All-Star Saturday Night with four dunkers vying to wow the crowd with jaw-dropping displays of athleticism at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte. Hawks forward John Collins is the betting favorite at 7-4 in the 2019 NBA Slam Dunk Contest odds, but Dennis Smith Jr. (9-4), hometown favorite Miles Bridges (5-2) and Hamidou Diallo (3-1) all have odds that make the event a wild one to handicap. So before you make your own 2019 NBA Slam Dunk Contest picks, be sure to check out the Dunk Contest predictions from proven NBA expert Mike Barner. He's examined the field and looked at the event's history in to cut through the noise and deliver a pick you need to see on Saturday night.
A respected NBA Fantasy expert, both season-long and daily, Barner has seen his work appear in Sports Illustrated and on Yahoo, RotoWire and KFFL. He has also been featured on ESPN Radio. Barner digs deep into the data, examining team trends and projecting game outcomes.
Barner's expertise has been on full display lately: Over his past 38 picks, Barner has cashed at a massive 74 percent win rate that has returned nearly $1,700 to $100 players. That payout doesn't include the 6-1 parlay he nailed by hitting all three of his best bets for Monday.
Now he has analyzed the 2019 NBA Slam Dunk Contest participants from all angles and is delivering his picks only at SportsLine. One thing can tell you is that Barner is fading Diallo.
There isn't a true long shot given how tightly-bunched the odds are, but Diallo has the longest odds because he's the biggest unknown in the contest. The Thunder guard is averaging just 11.4 minutes per game in 45 appearances this season and has just 22 in-game dunks so far in his rookie season.
Diallo has explosiveness on his side, but everybody in the field can jump out of the gym and a look at his dunk highlight package from this season shows a lot of rip-and-runs that won't necessarily translate to this format. There are better values on Saturday night than Diallo, Barner believes.
Barner has identified a trend, however, he believes strongly points to one participant. This player is in perfect position to return value for anybody who backs him, so be sure to check out this pick before getting in on the action.
So which high-fliers should excite at the 2019 NBA Slam Dunk Contest? And what trend makes one player a must-back? Visit SportsLine right now to get Saturday's NBA Slam Dunk Contest picks, all from the SportsLine expert on a massive 28-10 NBA heater, and find out.