- Damian Lillard (+450) and Buddy Hield (+475) are the favorites to win the 3-Point Contest
- Jayson Tatum (+550) will partake in the competition for the second time in his career
- The event will take place at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, February 18th at 8:30 pm ET
With the sad decline of the Slam Dunk competition, the 3-Point Contest is now the signature event of NBA All-Star Saturday Night. This year’s shooting exhibition is also loaded with superstars and a past winner.
Lilard and Hield the favorites
Buyer beware on Anfernee Simons (+425). The Blazers guard is having an MRI on his ankle on Thursday and his participation is in jeopardy. Instead, consider his teammate Damian Lillard (+450). Making his third appearance in the event, the 32-year-old sits fourth in the NBA with 191 three-pointers and narrowly missed the final back in 2014.
Buddy Hield (+475) hit a walk off three to win the 2020 contest as a Sacramento King. Since he declined an invitation in 2021 and didn’t compete last year, the 30-year-old will essentially be defending his title. Now in Indiana, Hield leads the league with 230 triples.
DAMIAN LILLARD. 🔥🔥
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) February 14, 2023
Tatum adds star power
Jayson Tatum (+550) is sixth in NBA scoring (30.5 points per game) with the seventh-most 3’s (177). That trails the aforementioned Lillard in both categories as Dame is averaging 31.4 ppg with 191 triples.
Having a MVP-quality season, the 24-year-old has led the Celtics to the best record in the league at the All-Star break. He advanced to the second round of the 3-Point Contest in 2021. But, he’s only shooting 35.3% from beyond the arc this year – one of the lowest marks of his career.
Analyzing the rest of the field
Tyrese Haliburton (+650) has shot 39.8% from deep this season. Among 3-Point Contest competitors, that ranks behind only his Pacers teammate Hield (a league-leading 42.3%) and Lauri Markkanen (+600). The 25-year-old Finland native is draining 3’s at a 41.2% clip and will be playing in front of a hometown Utah Jazz crowd.
Kevin Huerter (+600) is shooting the best 3-point percentage (39.2) of his five-year career. The Kings guard-forward has shown the ability to get red hot from outside, knocking down five or more 3s in seven contests this season. A knee contusion isn’t expected to keep Tyler Herro (+675) out of the event. However, at 36.9%, the Miami guard’s 3-point shooting percentage is three points off last year’s career high (39.9).
Buddy Hield has passed Reggie Miller for the most three-pointers made in a single season in franchise history with 230. pic.twitter.com/UDy4pd010A
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) February 16, 2023
Buddy Hield (+475) should be entering NBA All-Star Saturday Night as the clear favorite. The Pacers guard is the best 3-point shooter in the league in 22-23 and already has a 3-Point Contest championship under his belt.
Available at +600 odds or longer, Huerter, Markkanen and Haliburton are also worthy bets. But, we would stay away from Lillard and Tatum, as you’re trading 3-point shooting percentage for star power.
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