(NBAE Photos/Getty Images)

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On Thursday, Suns.com checked in with Jared Dudley and asked him for his predictions regarding this weekend’s All-Star festivities in Phoenix.

The forward went with Atlanta Hawks guard Mike Bibby to win the 3-Point Shootout and Nuggets high-flyer J.R. Smith to defeat reigning champion Dwight Howard in the Dunk Contest. Dudley also picks the Western Conference to defeat the Eastern Conference on Sunday, with the Big Cactus taking home the MVP trophy in front of the home fans.

“I think they’re going to give him and Amar’e Stoudemire the ball early and often, but I just think it’s going to go Shaquille O’Neal’s way,” Dudley said.

As far as which event the former Boston College standout is most looking forward to, Dudley said he is excited to see the league’s best leapers take center stage on Saturday night.

“I’m looking forward to the Dunk Contest more than anything else. I always made sure to watch it when growing up and now getting the chance to see it here live is a dream come true.”

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