As you’d expect, Curry leads the field in terms of odds to win the NBA’s Three Point Contest. But is he the best bet? Read on to find out.
Stephen Curry (+225 odds to win the NBA Three Point Contest)
Curry has been in this contest twice and never won it. Same goes for his father, Dell Curry. His return isn’t nearly as fun as anyone else’s, and Curry is becoming more of a scorer than a spot up shooter. He still needs a bit of rhythm to get his shot going, so if he misses a few early balls then he’s in deep trouble. Is this a bad time to mention his three point percentage is down this year? He’s making the same amount of attempts but taking far more attempts. I don’t like the looks of these odds to win the NBA Three Point Contest at all.
Arron Afflalo (+500 odds to win the NBA Three Point Contest)
Maaaaan I wish Afflalo’s odds here were better. He’d be a great sneak play if he wasn’t sharing even odds with the past two champions. Afllalo might be more of a scorer than a three point specialist, which is why he might be a bit of a stay away play. He’s ranked 32nd in the league with just 219 three-point attempts and though his percentage on those is much in the top-10, you’d think that he’d lob up more shots from the arc if his long range game was as consistent as the stats suggest.
Kevin Love (+500 odds to win the NBA Three Point Contest)
Love is a bonafide threat in this competition. He beat out Ryan Anderson, James Jones, Anthony Morrow and Kevin Durant in 2012 and is certainly a fan favorite overall. His return to the competition
Kyrie Irving (+500 odds to win the NBA Three Point Contest)
He’s the defending champion. Nuff said. Irving remains the best, overall bet on the board.
Damian Lillard (+600 odds to win the NBA Three Point Contest)
Like Afflalo, I think Lillard is more of a scorer than a three point shooter. He shots about .404 from range which is a fairly strong average when you consider that he’s hoisted up 369 attempts this year, and made 149 of them. Lillard is trying to steal the show at All-Star Weekend by competing in all of the events, including the All-Star Game and the Rising Star Challenge. It’s going to be a busy weekend for the Blazer, and this is probably the event he has the best chance of winning. But this is a very good class and he might not be focused.
Marco Belinelli (+800 odds to win the NBA Three Point Contest)
Vashon Leonard. Quentin Richardson. James Jones. Daequan Cook. Jason Kapono twice. That’s the list of non-superstars that have won the NBA Three Point Contest within the last decade. If anyone random is going to win the NBA Three Point contest, it’s Marco Belinelli (mostly because he’s the only random guy in the field…but still).
Joe Johnson (+1000 odds to win the NBA Three Point Contest)
Forget it. I have never trusted Joe Johnson with my money and I’m not going to start now. This is Joe Johnson’s second appearance in the contest, and his first in nearly ten seasons. For a guy who is touted as a pure shooter, don’t you think he would’ve taken a stab at this thing a few more times in that span?
The Pick To Win The NBA All-Star Three-Point Shootout
I’m going with Marco Belinelli baby because all the other picks seem too obvious. Plus his 8-to-1 odds mean I can throw some change at this and still cash out with some solid drinking money. Outside of Belinelli, I prefer Love but only because he’s more of a proven technician than the rest. You can bet on the odds to win the NBA Three Point Contest by hitting up our sportsbook offerings pronto!