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By Spike Eskin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Jrue Holiday will probably just tell you he’s happy just to be part of the NBA All-Star game. The youngest All-Star in Sixers history will participate in both the game, and the NBA Skills Challenge this weekend in Houston.

Holiday is a long shot to win the All-Star game MVP, with odds of 25-1, according to Bovada. The favorite to win the award is Kevin Durant at 13-2, followed by Lebron James at 7-1. The longest shots are Tyson Chandler and Joakim Noah at 50-1, and Tim Duncan at 60-1.

While Holiday might not be the favorite to be the MVP of the game, he is the favorite for something, the NBA Skills Challenge. The challenge, which tests a player’s ability to handle the ball and pass, takes place the night before the game. Holiday is the favorite of the six contestants at 3-1, followed by Tony Parker at 7-2, Damian Lillard at 7-2,  Jeremy Lin at 4-1, Brandon Knight at 11-2 and Jeff Teague at 11-2.

Here are the rest of the odds for the game:

Who will win the NBA Sprite Slam-Dunk Contest?       
James White (NYK)                   5/4
Gerald Green (IND)                    7/2
Terrence Ross (TOR)                 4/1
Eric Bledsoe (LAC)                    5/1
Jeremy Evans (UTA)                  8/1
Kenneth Faried (DEN)                8/1
 
Who will win the NBA Foot Locker Three-Point Contest?        
Stephen Curry (GS)                   5/2
Steve Novak (NYK)                   5/2
Kyrie Irving (CLE)                      4/1
Ryan Anderson (NO)                  4/1
Matt Bonner (SA)                       5/1
Paul George (IND)                     15/2
 
Who will win the NBA Taco Bell Skills Challenge?      
Jrue Holiday  (East)                   3/1
Tony Parker (West)                    7/2
Damian Lillard (West)                 7/2
Jeremy Lin (West)                      4/1
Brandon Knight (East)               11/2
Jeff Teague  (East)                    11/2
 
Who will win the NBA Sears Shooting Stars?  
Team Harden (James Harden, Tina Thompson, Sam Cassell)                   2/1
Team Westbrook (Russell Westbrook, Maya Moore, Robert Horry)          2/1
Team Bosh (Chris Bosh, Swin Cash, Dominique Wilkins)                         5/2
Team Lopez (Brook Lopez, Tamika Catchings, Muggsy Bogues)             3/1
 
Odds to win the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Most Valuable Player                  
Damian Lillard (Team Shaq)                   13/2
Kyrie Irving (Team Shaq)                        7/1
Kenneth Faried (Team Chuck)                 8/1
Kemba Walker (Team Shaq)                   9/1
Klay Thompson (Team Shaq)                 9/1
Anthony Davis (Team Chuck)                 12/1
Ricky Rubio (Team Chuck)                     12/1
Brandon Knight (Team Chuck)                14/1
Chandler Parsons (Team Shaq)              16/1
Dion Waiters (Team Shaq)                     16/1
Tristan Thompson (Team Chuck) 18/1
Bradley Beal (Team Chuck)                    18/1
Kawhi Leonard (Team Chuck)                 18/1
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Team Shaq)        18/1
Isaiah Thomas (Team Chuck)                  18/1
Tyler Zeller (Team Shaq)            20/1
Harrison Barnes (Team Shaq)                 20/1
Nikola Vucevic (Team Chuck)                 20/1
Alexey Shved (Team Chuck)                  20/1
Andrew Nicholson (Team Shaq)              20/1
 
Who will score the first in the 2013 All Star Celebrity Game?                          
Usain Bolt                     4/1
Kevin Hart                     9/2
Common                       9/2
Josh Hutcherson           11/2
Nick Cannon                 13/2
Ne-Yo                           7/1
Trey Songz                   7/1
Terrence Jenkins           10/1
John Schriffen              10/1
Ryen Russillo                15/1
Arne Duncan                 15/1
 
Odds to win the 2013 NBA All Star Game Most Valuable Player                       
Kevin Durant (West)                   13/2
LeBron James (East)                 7/1
Kobe Bryant (West)                   15/2
Blake Griffin (West)                   15/2
Carmelo Anthony (East)             9/1
Dwyane Wade (East)                 9/1
Chris Paul (West)                       12/1
James Harden (West)                14/1
Kyrie Irving  (East)                     15/1
Dwight Howard (West)               16/1
Russell Westbrook (West)          18/1
Kevin Garnett  (East)                 20/1
Tony Parker (West)                    20/1
Jrue Holiday  (East)                   25/1
Brook Lopez  (East)                  25/1
LaMarcus Aldridge (West)          25/1
Chris Bosh (East)                      30/1
Paul George  (East)                   35/1
Zach Randolph (West)               35/1
David Lee (West)                       45/1
Luol Deng  (East)                      45/1
Tyson Chandler  (East)              50/1
Joakim Noah  (East)                  50/1
Tim Duncan (West)                    60/1