5 things to look out for at the NBA All-Star Weekend

Hazel Gray
February 18, 2017

A strong Pacers contingent has descended upon New Orleans for All-Star Weekend.

Aaron Gordon will start the National Basketball Association dunk comp as favourite. Here is the complete schedule of the three-day event and a preview of what to expect.

All the excitement gets underway tonight with the All-Star Celebrity Game and Rising Stars Challenge, featuring the best first- and second-year players play in a game between the US and the world.

There's no coincidence that Chuck Millan, owner and founder of Team Flight Brothers, was part of the reason for the resurgence in the NBA's most touted All-Star festivity. The game will be officially broadcasted by ESPN. According to CBS Sports (c/o Bovada), Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns has a 2/1 odds of grabbing the game's MVP honors. Players with ** next to their name will not be participating.

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The Slam Dunk Contest will be televised on TNT this Saturday, February 18, but the exact time is to be determined. But the Rising Stars Challenge should be entertaining this year with guys like Karl-Anthony Towns, Brandon Ingram and Devin Booker lighting up the court.

The JBL Three-Point Contest, Klay Thompson looks to repeat going against a lineup of Kyrie Irving, Eric Gordon, C.J. McCollum, Kyle Lowry, Eric Gordon, Nick Young, Wes Matthews and Kemba Walker.

It's impossible to bet against Aaron Gordon, who should have won last year's competition with arguably the best performance in Slam Dunk Contest history. Honing his skills after a stint with the NAZ Suns of the NBA's D League, the 6-7 forward still secured an invitation to the showcase event that, for some fans, has surpassed the actual game between the East and West stars for drama, excitement and real competition. The main storyline coming into the game is how former teammates Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant will interact.

Gordon fell short in his duel with LaVine a year ago, and recently returned from a foot injury, but is expected to be fine to compete Saturday night.

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