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Former NC State basketball star Dennis Smith is favorite to win NBA Slam Dunk contest

N.C. State fans know all about Dennis Smith Jr.’s dunking ability.

Now he’s the favorite to win the NBA Slam Dunk contest during All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles (8 p.m., TNT).

Online gambling site Bovada has listed Smith, a Dallas Mavericks’ rookie point guard, as a 7-4 favorite to win the contest. Utah rookie Donovan Mitchell is second at 11-5 odds.

The 6-3, 195-pound Smith, who played for the Wolfpack last season as a freshman, first came to attention for his dunking ability at Trinity Christian Academy in Fayetteville.

He had many highlight-reel dunks at N.C. State.

Smith is averaging 14.8 points and 4.9 assists per game with the Mavericks.

Sam Newkirk: 919-829-4526, @samnewkirk64

Bovada’s odds to win Slam Dunk Contest

Dennis Smith Jr., Mavericks 7-4

Donovan Mitchell, Jazz 11-5

Larry Nance Jr., Cavaliers 13-5

Victor Oladipo, Pacers 4-1

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