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2014 NBA Slam Dunk Contest live stream, TV start time, contestants & Vegas odds

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The 2014 NBA dunk contest live stream and TV schedule is scheduled to take place in just a few hours from now and NBA fans can't wait. For some fans NBA All-Star Weekend is the best weekend of the NBA season just because of all the events happening before the actual All-Star game takes place.

However, tonight's not about a game, it's all about dunks, 3-pointers and fun!

According to a SB Nation report on Feb. 15, Terrence Ross will look to defend his Slam Dunk crown, but in a new format. Gone are the days of every man for himself in the dunk contest. Well, it is still every man for himself in a way, but this year Ross will be teaming up with All-Stars Paul George and John Wall in the Eastern Conference.

Here is an example of how this year's contest will work,\ according to SB Nation.

In the first round, the Freestyle Round, each dunker will have 90 seconds to do as many dunks as he wants. When that's over, a panel of judges will then decide the winning conference.

Unlike in the past when fans would marvel at Dr. J's awesomeness, Michael Jordan taking off from the foul line or Dominique Wilkins' windmill throw-downs and it was one and done as players would stare each other down with a smile as to say "Let's see you beat that one," now it seems we will be getting non-stop dunks and judges will decide which team did better.

The 2014 Slam Dunk competition will get underway at 8:30 p.m. EST and can be seen on TV on TNT and online at nba.com/tntovertime and at NBA All-Star live as a part of All-Star Saturday Night. Don't forget fans, you can vote online for the "Sprite Slam Dunker of the Night" on Twitter, NBA.com, text message and the NBA GameTime app on your smart phones.

Here is a list of the contestants and the Las Vegas favorites.

Eastern Conference

  • Paul George, Indiana Pacers (9/5)
  • Terrence Ross, Toronto Raptors (13/5)
  • John Wall, Washington Wizards (7/2)

Western Conference

  • Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers (19/4)
  • Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors (6/1)
  • Ben McLemore, Sacramento Kings (13/2)
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