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Why you can’t bet on the NBA Slam Dunk contest

The Dunk Contest is still a fun time.

Hamidou Diallo of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks the ball over Shaquille O’Neal during the 2019 AT&T Slam Dunk Contest as part of the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night at Spectrum Arena in Charlotte, NC, United States on February 16, 2019. Photo by Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The NBA All Star Game weekend is underway and the Saturday skills competitions are taking place Saturday evening. You can bet on a host of events this weekend, including the Skills Competition and Three Point Shootout. However, the slam dunk contest is off limits for legal sports betting.

The reason legal betting is not allowed is because the judges of the contest are celebrities and they are not covered under the NBA’s betting integrity policy. Action Network personality Darren Rovell spoke with PointsBet spokesperson Patrick Eichner who was told this by the New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement. Indiana did not approve the dunk contest for the same reason.

It takes away a little bit of the fun, but it is still a thrilling event given what we see from these dynamic athletes. However, as long as celebrities are given the opportunity to score this competition as they see fit, betting won’t be happening.

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