Cook it and Book it Podcast: NBA All-Star Weekend is back and thriving

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In episode four of the Cook it and Book it Podcast, Sara Jane Gamelli and Looch conduct a thorough analysis of the NBA All-Star Weekend, analyzing every betting odd and offering their predictions. Despite criticisms of past years, Indianapolis has a host of events planned for their first hosting since 1985.

(5:50): In the opening portion, Sara Jane and Looch review Super Bowl 58, featuring a matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. Having successfully predicted the Chiefs victory, they delve into their earnings stemming from the significant NFL event.

(15:00) Here Looch and Sara Jane break down their bets and worts bets of the week, including picks from the NBA and NHL.

(29:00) In this segment, they break down Caitlin Clark, and her historic night against Michigan. Clark is now the all-time scoring leader in Division 1 NCAA Women's Basketball.

(37:01) NBA All-Star Weekend is here, and Sara Jane and Looch break down their best bets and predictions for the All-Star game, three-point contest, slam dunk contest, and Sabrina Ionescu vs. Steph Curry 3-point showdown.

(1:11:00) On tonight's extensive NHL schedule, Looch shares his top picks and forecasts, offering detailed insights into the matchups and potential outcomes.

Dunk contest, three-point contest, and more

On Friday night, the Ruffles Celebrity All-Star game and the Panini Rising Stars tournament took center stage, showcasing the talents of both celebrities and rising NBA stars. The NBA introduced new LED features on the court, enhancing the interaction between fans and players. With teams led by Shannon and Stephen A. Smith, the evening was filled with excitement and never a dull moment.

In the Panini Rising Stars tournament, Team Jalen Rose defied the odds starting at +310 to claim victory. Bennedict Mathurin, hailed as the hometown hero, rightfully earned the MVP title for his exceptional performance. Their triumph came after defeating Team Detlef, which fielded a roster of skilled G-League players. While Mathurin took center stage, the contributions of Jalen Williams, Chet Holmgren, Jordan Hawkins, Dereck Lively II, Shaedon Sharpe, Walker Kessler, and Jeremy Sochan were integral to the team's success.

For the dunk contest, Celtics star Jaylen Brown is poised to bring a revolution to the event. He's the first star to participate since Donovan Mitchell in 2018, injecting a sense of excitement that has been absent in recent years. Favored is G-league stud Mac McClung, who is the reigning champion. Heavily favored at -270 odds, McClung has participated in several dunk contests, including the Ballislife All-American dunk contest in 2018. While he's extremely versatile, there's competition for tonight's contest.

All-Star Saturday night, sponsored by State Farm, boasts a variety of thrilling events, among which is the skill challenge. Representing Team Pacers, competitors for the trophy include Tyrese Haliburton, Bennedict Mathurin, and Mylers Turner. Leading Team All-Stars are Raptors standout Scottie Barnes, along with Tyrese Maxey and Trae Young. Meanwhile, Team Top Picks features promising rookie Victor Wembanyama, Anthony Edwards, and Paolo Banchero.

Sabrina vs. Steph

The weekend's most iconic event is set to feature WNBA star Sabrina Ionescu and NBA legend Steph Curry. In an unprecedented showdown, these two stars will go head-to-head in the first-ever three-point shootout. Curry, the all-time leader in NBA three-pointers, will take on Ionescu, who holds the record for the most three-pointers made in a single three-point contest. It's sure to be a historic and thrilling matchup showcasing their incredible shooting prowess. Ionescu is currently the underdog at +158 odds on FanDuel.


The concept behind this event is truly authentic, as it shines a spotlight on women's basketball at the highest level. Ionescu, who boasted an impressive career-high 44.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc last season, will have an opportunity to strengthen her on-court camaraderie with Curry. It's a unique occasion that not only celebrates their individual talents but also promotes inclusivity and recognition for women's basketball on a grand stage.

The reason 73rd All-Star game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18

he traditional East vs. West format will make its return for the annual All-Star game on Sunday, February 18th. The game will be structured into four 12-minute quarters. LeBron James will lead the Eastern Conference team, while Giannis Antetokounmpo will serve as the centerpiece for the Western Conference squad. It's sure to be a thrilling matchup as top talents from each conference compete for the victory on the court.

The West is currently favored by -3, with the over/under set at 362.5 points. While this seems like an exceptionally high number, it's reflective of the trend towards high-scoring games that we've witnessed throughout this season. With the NBA seeing a surge in offensive performances, fans can expect an exciting and potentially high-scoring All-Star game where both teams showcase their offensive prowess.

Click here for the list of All-Star starters

What other topics are included in this weeks episode?

In the fourth episode, hosts Sara Jane Gamelli and Looch delve into the results of their Super Bowl bets and provide weekly recaps. Looch then offers an in-depth analysis of the hockey slate, sharing his top insights and predictions for upcoming games. It's a comprehensive episode that caters to both football and hockey enthusiasts, offering a blend of discussion, analysis, and prognostication.


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