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NBA All Star weekend is finally here and the Slam Dunk contest is always a highlight of the weekend. Can Jaylen Brown dethrone last year's electric winner. Mac McClung? Matt McCuen shares his NBA Slam Dunk contest predictions.

NBA Slam Dunk Contest Predictions: Can Jaylen Brown Dethrone Mac McClung at 2024 NBA All Star Weekend?

NBA All-Star Weekend is upon us! 

One of the best parts of the weekend is the slam dunk contest. 

This year, we have some great participants who will make this event entertaining. 

Let's take a peek at the winners from the past five seasons. 

Slam Dunk Contest Winners by Year:

  • 2023: Mac McClung (Philadelphia 76ers) 
  • 2022: Obi Toppin (New York Knicks) 
  • 2021: Anfernee Simmons (Portland Trail Blazers) 
  • 2020: Derrick Jones Jr (Miami Heat) 
  • 2019: Hamidou Diallo (Oklahoma City Thunder) 

As you can see, few stars have won the dunk contest in the past five years. 

The last All Star to win the dunk contest was Donovan Mitchell in 2018. 

Let's meet the contestants for this year's competition. 

NBA All Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest Date, Time and Where to Watch

  • Date: February 17, 2024
  • Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: TNT

2024 Slam Dunk Contest Participants

Mac McClung (-190)

Mac McClung, who gained fame in high school for his dunking ability, dominated the competition a season ago. While McClung has struggled to stay on an NBA roster, he is the favorite coming into this contest as he will attempt to repeat. McClung is currently a member of the Orlando Magics G league team. 

Jaylen Brown (+525)

Jaylen Brown made headlines when he announced he would be a part of the dunk contest. Brown is one of the biggest names to participate in the dunk contest in the last five years. The former Cal star is one of the best dunkers in basketball and will attempt to win his first dunk contest this weekend. 

Jacob Toppin (+600)

Jacob Toppin, who is the younger brother of Obi Toppin, will be participating in the dunk contest for the first time on Saturday night. Like McClung, Toppin is not currently on an NBA roster as he is a New York Knicks G league team member. Toppin has a big-time finishing ability and is viewed as a dark horse to win the dunk contest. 

Jamie Jaquez Jr. (+800

The rookie has impressed this year and has played a big role in the Miami Heat's success this season. Jamie Jaquez Jr. was a standout for Mick Cronin at UCLA and was known for his high-flying abilities. 

2024 Slam Dunk Contest Predictions

There is too much value on Brown in this event. 

Brown is by far the biggest name in this competition and Brown winning the dunk contest is a win for the NBA as they are attempting to draw more stars to this competion. 

This is a two-man race between McClung and Brown, and I am willing to throw my money on Brown at +525 instead of McClung at -190. 

Pick: Jaylen Brown +525 Click here to see which sportsbook has the best odds

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.


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