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Bodog Lists Odds For The NBA 2011 Taco Bell Skills Challenge

February 19, 2011 – By Scott

The 2011 NBA All-Star weekend is here and the game’s best players have gathered for all the festivities this weekend. Sunday night’s NBA All-Star game will headline the weekend of events, but there are a few other contests that are well worth noting.

One of these includes the Taco Bell Skills Challenge. This contest will feature the best in the NBA in regards to their ball handling abilities and they will have a chance to showcase their talents on Saturday night.

NBA fans took four weeks to select who would participate in this year’s event for players who were eligible through the “choose your squad” format to compete against Chris Paul of New Orleans. Now the roster is set as Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), John Wall (Washington Wizards) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) will join Paul in the 2011 Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

Paul serves as the spokesman for the program and this will be his third time competing in the event which was won by Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns last year. Paul is leading the league in steals and is fourth in assists with 9.6 per game.

Curry is in his second year in the NBA and leads the NBA in free throw shooting and is getting 6.0 assists per game. Wall, who was the first selection in the 2010 NBA draft, is seventh in the league with 8.9 assists per game and 15.0 points per game. Rose is the only player in the NBA to rank in the top 10 in both scoring and assists, while Westbrook is getting 8 assists per game and 22 points.

The field will compete in a two round obstacle course which includes dribbling, passing and shooting. The two players who complete the first round with the fastest time will advance to the finals. Below are the odds listed by Bodog sportsbook on who will win the 2011 Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

Stephen Curry +300
Chris Paul +255
Derrick Rose +200
John Wall +325
Russell Westbrook +275

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