The NBA All-Star Saturday Night 2016 live stream online and televised presentation arrives on Saturday night from Toronto, Canada, with some of the brightest stars in the game today looking to show their various skills. They’ll go on display in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and everyone’s favorite part of the night, the Verizon Slam Dunk contest. Three optimistic competitors will challenge reigning champion Zach LaVine in the hopes of becoming the top dunker this year. In addition, reigning champ Steph Curry and his Golden State teammate Klay Thompson compete against each other, as well as a field of hopeful three-point shooters. The 2016 NBA All-Star Saturday Night live streaming and TV coverage will be available to viewers thanks to TNT networks on Saturday evening.
According to an ESPN.com report on Feb. 13, reigning slam dunk champion Zach LaVine added another trophy to his display case in addition to the Slam Dunk trophy, as he took home MVP honors for Friday night’s BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. LaVine, who led team USA with 30 points and seven rebounds, will now try to win back-to-back dunk contests, a feat last accomplished by smaller dunker Nate Robinson in 2009 and 2010. It’s been argued that LaVine’s repertoire of dunks last year injected new life into the competition, although his competitors did not. This year’s field looks more promising as he’ll be up against Orlando Magic player Aaron Gordon, Denver Nuggets player Will Barton and Detroit Pistons All-Star Andre Drummond. Fans will remember that Dwight Howard was the last big man to win the contest, back in 2008, so Drummond has a legitimate shot.
Also defending their title tonight will be last year’s three-point champion Stephen Curry. He’ll be against his “Splash Brothers” teammate, Klay Thompson, but also Toronto favorite and All-Star Kyle Lowry. Also seeing if they can dethrone “Chef Curry,” will be C.J. McCollum, J.J. Reddick, Devin Booker, James Harden and Khris Middleton. If Curry wins tonight, he joins back-to-back champs including Jason Kapono, Peja Stoyakovic, Mark Price, Craig Hodges and Larry Bird. The night begins with the Taco Bell Skills Challenge featuring players dribbling, passing and shooting their way through an obstacle course. The field features Jordan Clarkson, McCollum, Isaiah Thomas, Patrick Beverly, Draymond Green, Emannuel Mudiay, Karl-Anthony Towns, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. The inclusion of big men rather than strictly point guards might make it much more entertaining.
The Bovada LV online sports book currently has odds for each of the three contests that are included in tonight’s Saturday night NBA All-Star event. Boston’s Isaiah Thomas is the favorite to win the Skills competition at +190, with big man Draymond Green at +400, C.J. McCollum at +425 and Jordan Clarkson at +500. For the three-point contest, it’s Stephen Curry leading the way with a -125 price on the moneyline. Teammate Klay Thompson is at +350, followed by Clippers sharpshooter J.J. Reduce at +450 and Toronto All-Star Kyle Lowry at +1000 odds. For the main event, defending champion Zach LaVine is the favorite to win the dunk contest at -300, followed by Aaron Gordon at +400, Will Barton at +500 and Andre Drummond at +850.
NBA All-Star Saturday Night 2016 begins at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, although there’s pre-event coverage as early as 7 p.m. ET. United States viewers can watch it live on TV on TNT around the country. The Skills Challenge is first on the schedule followed by the Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest. To watch the All-Star events live streaming online, cable and satellite subscribers who have TNT can go to the TNTDrama.com website and log in to watch the live event feed. Sling TV subscribers can also watch live online using their select device. Live audio commentary from NBA All-Star Weekend is available for Sirius XM Satellite Radio customers on channel 207 throughout the weekend.