The NBA All-Star weekend is underway in Houston and once again the slam dunk contest will headline Saturday night's events. The 2013 contest will have a new twist as conference bragging rights will be on the line.
The six participants will be divided into Eastern and Western Conference teams. Indiana's Gerald Green, Toronto's Terrence Ross and New York's James White will compete for the Eastern Conference. Denver's Kenneth Faried, Los Angeles' Eric Bledsoe and defending champion Jeremy Evans from Utah will compete for the Western Conference. Evans may be the defending champion, but Green is also a former champion and White is currently the betting favorite, according to Bovada.
The six participants will attempt two dunks each during the first round. A panel of judges will score the first round dunks from 30-50. Following the first round, the dunker with the highest score from each conference will advance to the final. The two finalists will again attempt two dunks with the winner decided by fan voting.
Saturday's dunk contest will be the final of four events as part of the NBA All-Star Saturday Night. The event is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on TNT.
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
When: Saturday, Feb. 16th, 7:30 p.m. CT