2023 Slam Dunk Contest Predictions: One Dunker Stands Above The Rest

Los Angeles Lakers guard Mac McClung (55) warms up before the game against the Miami Heat at the California Summer League at Chase Center.
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The 2023 Slam Dunk contest is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18 at approximately 10 pm ET. It will be the third event in the NBA All-Star Saturday lineup, taking place after the Skills Challenge and 3-Point contest. Below, we’ll break down the odds and make our Slam Dunk Contest predictions for the 2023 NBA All-Star Weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Slam Dunk Contest Odds

Odds via DraftKings Sportsbook as of Friday, Feb. 17. 

Slam Dunk Contest Predictions

It’s crazy how much the odds have moved in less than a day. Here were the numbers posted by DraftKings on Thursday:

  • Sims: +170
  • Martin: +210
  • McClung: +250
  • Murphy III: +320

Compare that with Friday’s odds above. McClung jumped dramatically while Sims fell. Murphy is still the longshot.

Mac McClung To Win Dunk Contest (+125)

As mentioned above, McClung was +250 on Thursday and his odds moved to +125 in less than a day. That’s probably not a big enough move.

McClung is the first G League player to participate in the Dunk Contest. You didn’t really think they would bring up any G Leaguer to showcase alongside the NBA’s up-and-coming talent, right? McClung is special. Check out the clip below. He’s a natural dunker who has been working on two dunks that have never been featured in the Dunk Contest!

To be completely honest, I like taking McClung as long as the odds are better than +100. Grabbing this at +125 at DraftKings is perfect, as offshore sportsbooks have McClung juiced all the way up to -180. Think about that for a second.

The guy has everything going in his favor. He’s only 6’2″ — so his dunks look more impressive than the taller participants. Also, McClung has more to prove than his NBA counterparts while coming from the G League. The underdog story should captivate the crowd (and the judges).

Where to bet: Mac McClung to win Dunk Contest | +125 at DraftKings Sportsbook