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All-Star Saturday: Skills, dunks, threes and more!

Here’s what to expect for what should be a sizzling NBA All-Star Saturday night.

New York Knicks v Golden State Warriors
Klay Thompson with his sights set on a three.
Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Get the popcorn ready!

All-Star Saturday Night

When: Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 — 5:00 PM PST

Coverage begins at 4:00 PM PST.

Where: Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles

National TV: TNT


#1. Taco Bell Skills Challenge

Defending 2017 Skills Challenge champ Kristaps Porzingis will not get to defend his title this year. But the 2018 contest remains a battle of the big men with Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) and Al Horford (Boston Celtics) in the running to keep the crown with a big man. (Karl-Anthony Towns claimed tops in 2016).

Guard Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets, forward Lauri Markkanen of the Chicago Bulls, guard Buddy Hield of the Sacramento Kings, guard Jamal Murray of the Denver Nuggets and guard Lou Williams of the LA Clippers look to show the league a new look.

#2. JBL Three-Point Contest

Warriors’ Splash Bro. Klay Thompson looks to take back the title from Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets) who snatched it from him in 2017.

Thompson was the 2016 Three-Point King. Will he be able to regain bragging rights?

Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder), Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors), Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns), Wayne Ellington (Miami Heat) and Tobias Harris (Los Angeles Clippers) seek to thwart his efforts.

#3. Verizon Slam Dunk Contest

Larry Nance, Jr. of the Cleveland Cavaliers is out to follow in his father’s footsteps tonight. His dad, three-time NBA All-Star Larry Nance, claimed the first-ever Verizon Slam Dunk title in 1984 over none other than Julius Erving.

Seeking to stop him from making NBA father-son history tonight are Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers), Dennis Smith, Jr. (Dallas Mavericks) and Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz).

Tonight, these elite dunksters will have to put on real show to compete against Olympic alpine skiers, freestyle skiers and ski jumpers.

Will any of them top the death-defying daredevil deeds we’ve witnessed so far in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics?

Tell us in the comments: What do you hope to see?

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