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NBA All-Star Weekend 2019

Now that all the fireworks of the trade deadline are over, all focus is now on the NBA, which is headed for the all-star break.

Now that all the fireworks of the trade deadline are over, all focus is now on the NBA, which is headed for their annual all-star weekend.

The infamous weekend kicks off Friday, Feb. 15 with the Celebrity Game and Rising Stars Challenge. The activities roar through the weekend with All-Star Saturday Night, which features the Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest and Dunk Contest. Then finally, on Sunday night, it’s the actual All-Star Game, which for the first time ever features player picked teams.

Sports Salsa has taken the time to sort out the dates, times and locations for every event. We also include viewing information for both TV and streaming options. Now with no meaningful football or baseball on, there’s no reason to miss any of the weekend’s action.

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Tickets:

If you are fortunate enough to travel to Charlotte, North Carolina for the weekend you can score a ticket here. Tickets can either be purchased as a package for the weekend or individually for the different events. The prices range anywhere from $500 (upper levels) to $3000 (court-side). If you are unable to purchase via the official website, tickets are available via stubhub as well.

Friday, Feb. 15

NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
• Date: Friday, Feb. 15
• Time: 7 p.m. ET
• Location: Bojangles’ Coliseum — Charlotte, North Carolina
• TV: ESPN / Streaming: WatchESPN.com or WatchESPN app

Kicking off the weekend will be the All-Star celebrity game. There will be no shortage of star power on each team. The reigning MVP, Quavo of the MIGOS, will suit up for the Away team and is just one of many recognizable names. The home team is no short of star power, featuring a few Carolina natives such as ESPN host Jay Williams, recording artist Daughtry, and NFL legend Steve Smith.

NBA Rising Stars Challenge
• Date: Friday, Feb. 15
• Time: 9 p.m. ET
• Location: Spectrum Center — Charlotte, North Carolina
• TV: TNT

A nightcap of Friday night will be played in the Spectrum Center, home of the Charlotte Hornets. The game will once again be played in the U.S. vs World style, with rookies and 2nd year players rounding out each roster. There will be tons of matchups to keep an eye out for, but none more intriguing than reigning rooking of the year Ben Simmons vs runner up Donovan Mitchell. This is the event to watch if you are trying to gauge the next generation of young stars.

Saturday, Feb. 16

NBA Skills Challenge
• Date: Saturday, Feb. 16
• Time: 8 p.m. ET (First event)
• Location: Spectrum Center — Charlotte, North Carolina
• TV: TNT

Outside of the playoffs and the actual All-Star game, All-Star Saturday night is one of the NBA’s biggest of the year. The event gets started with the NBA skills challenge that features a nice mixture of position players. Contestants are required to run through an obstacle course that requires them to show off all aspects of their game, from pinpoint passing to 3-point shooting. Contestants include first time NBA-All-Star Nikola Jokic, rookies Luka Doncic, Trae Young, and more.

NBA Three-Point Contest
• Date: Saturday, Feb. 16
• Time: 8 p.m. ET (Second event)
• Location: Spectrum Center — Charlotte, North Carolina
• TV: TNT

If the skills contest doesn’t do it for you, the 33rd edition of the NBA three-point contest should. Something new this year is a field that has been extended to 10 competitors. Reigning champion Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns will return to defend his title against a few big names including former winner Stephan Curry.

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NBA Slam Dunk Contest
• Date: Saturday, Feb. 16
• Time: 8 p.m. ET (Third event)
• Location: Spectrum Center — Charlotte, North Carolina
• TV: TNT

Finally, the main event of the evening is the NBA slam dunk contest. This event spans over two different rounds. Each contestant will get two dunks in the first round, with five judges scoring on a 6-10 scale. The two contestants with the highest combined score will advance to the championship round, where they will once again get two dunks. Donovan Mitchell is not returning to defend his crown, so there is an opening for a new champion.

Sunday, Feb. 17

NBA All-Star Game
• Date: Sunday, Feb. 17
• Time: 8 p.m. ET
• Location: Spectrum Center — Charlotte, North Carolina
• TV: TNT

This weekend will end with the highly anticipated NBA All-Star game. This is where the most high-profile athletes in the entire league join forces for one game. This is year two with the format of two rosters led by captains instead of the traditional East vs. West match-up.

LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo are the two captains this season and already have completed their draft. James led off the picking with Kevin Durant, while Antetokounmpo went with Stephen Curry. There is no telling what can happen in this game, making this a must watch.

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