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NBA HORSE Competition Preview and Odds

NBA HORSE Competition Preview and Odds

One of the positives of the whole world being shut down due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is that sports leagues are having to get creative to keep some form of their product going. Whether it be March Madness simulation games, WrestleMania in empty arenas, UFC fights on a secret island, or NBA players playing video games against each other, it’s an interesting time to be a sports fan. Now the NBA has added another unique event to our barren entertainment schedule – the first ever NBA HORSE Challenge.

So what exactly does that even mean? Here’s the info via the horse’s mouth (pun intended) – the NBA:

ESPN, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced that 10-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder, 2020 NBA All-Star Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks and newly elected Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings headline the list of eight NBA and WNBA players and legends who will participate in the new NBA HORSE Challenge Presented by State Farm, exclusively on ESPN and streamed via the ESPN App.

Beginning Sunday, April 12 at 7 p.m. ET, Paul, Young, Catchings, Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, three-time WNBA All-Star Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky, Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley Jr. and NBA Finals MVPs Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce will match shots against one another in a single-elimination HORSE competition from their respective, isolated home courts. ESPN NBA commentator Mark Jones will serve as the official host.

State Farm will donate more than $200,000 on behalf of the participants to charities focused on coronavirus response efforts. This donation builds on the more than $74 million that has been contributed by the NBA Family to date to support coronavirus relief efforts through its NBA Together campaign.

NBA HORSE Challenge Presented by State Farm participants will be divided into two groups of four, with the winners of the first two games in each group meeting in the semifinals.  The winner from each group will move on to the championship round.  ESPN will present the four quarterfinal games on Sunday. The semifinals and the championship game will air on Thursday, April 16, beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

A coin toss at the start of each game will determine who shoots first, with the more senior player calling heads or tails.  Players must describe each shot attempt, specifying the type of score they intend to make before taking a shot, such as a bank shot or swish. Dunking is prohibited. The first player in each game to accumulate the letters “H-O-R-S-E” after failing to match five shots is eliminated.
 

Trae Young seems to be on board with the “no dunking” rule.

https://twitter.com/TheTraeYoung/status/1247991729237757952

 

As for the groupings and schedule, it is as follows:

 

Group 1 Group 2
Chauncey Billups Zach LaVine
Tamika Catchings Chris Paul
Mike Conley Jr. Paul Pierce
Trae Young Allie Quigley

 

Sun, Apr. 12 7-9 p.m. Quarterfinals Group 1: Trae Young vs. Chauncey Billups
Quarterfinals Group 1: Tamika Catchings vs. Mike Conley Jr.
Quarterfinals Group 2: Zach LaVine vs. Paul Pierce
Quarterfinals Group 2: Chris Paul vs. Allie Quigley
9-11 p.m. Quarterfinals Encore Presentations
Thu, Apr. 16 7-9 p.m. Quarterfinals Encore Presentations
9-11 p.m. Group 1: Semifinals
Group 2: Semifinals
HORSE Championship Game

 

All games will be broadcast on ESPN, as they’re desperate for content as well.

Now, for the important part – the gambling odds, you #degens.

 

HORSE Challenge Winner

Trae Young +200

Chris Paul +250

Mike Conley Jr. +300

Paul Pierce +400

Zach Lavine +600

Chauncey Billups +600

Allie Quigley +800

Tamika Catchings +1000

 

Quarterfinal Matchups

Trae Young -200

Chauncey Billups +150

 

Tamika Catchings +300

Mike Conley Jr. -500

 

Zach Lavine -110

Paul Pierce -130

 

Chris Paul -300

Allie Quigley +200

 

 

Jeff Fox is the evil genius behind www.mma-manifesto.com. His work has also appeared in SLAM, Athlon Sports, FIGHT! & Fighters Only magazines, SI.com, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and many other fine establishments across the globe.

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