One of the highlights of the NBA All-Star Weekend is the 3-Point Contest. The Saturday night event attracts no end of big-name superstars, and this year is no different. Here we look at the field, bring you the latest betting odds, and name our NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest betting picks.
The betting to win this event is wide open. Damian Lillard at +300 and Buddy Hield at +400 lead the way, but the market suggests the event is fairly evenly matched. To save you the time, we have scoured the internet and got the odds from the best NBA All-Star betting sites. They are all included in our odds table below.
|2023 NBA All-Star Three-Point Contest Betting|
Anfernee Simons was the original favorite. But the Blazers guard has had to withdraw after an MRI scan showed ankle damage. His place has been taken by New York Knicks forward Julius Randle. Randle finds himself further down in the betting at +750 with BetOnline, you can read more about them in our BetOnline sportsbook review. For the record, Simons was priced up at +425.
Damian Lillard (+300) is making his third appearance in the 3-Point Contest. Lillard sits fourth in the NBA with just under 200 three-pointers this season. He averages 3.1 per game, and it’s easy to see why he has now been made favorite in the absence of Simons.
Buddy Hield is next in the betting at +400. He won the competition in 2020 while playing for the Sacramento Kings. This will be the first time he’s competed since winning. For good measure, Hield currently leads the league for three-pointers this season.
Tyrese Haliburton is another to benefit from the withdrawal of Simon. Originally down at +650, the Indiana Pacers man is now into +450 second favorite. Haliburton has a 3-point shot percentage of 39.9 this season, slightly down on his career average of 40.7%. He also scores on average 2.3 triples a match.
Kings’ guard Kevin Huerter at +500 is having the best season of his career for scoring triples. He is one of four Kings’ players heading to Salt Lake City this weekend. So far this season he has been averaging 2.6 three-pointers a match, with a shooting percentage of 39%.
Jayson Tatum is returning for his fourth consecutive All-Star weekend and has also accepted an invitation to participate in the 3-Point Contest. Tatum is a huge draw for this event, and if he clicks, he could well be the winner.
If further proof were needed, Tatum returned from injury to score 38 points for the Celtics in their 18 points win over the Detroit Pistons at TD Garden on Wednesday night. Tatum is +650 to win the competition.
Another player doubling up the All-Stars match with the 3-Point Contest is Lauri Markkanen of the Utah jazz. Markkanen is shooting an amazing 41.2% on his triples this season, which is way above his career average of 37.3%.
The Finn is +650 to take the honors on Saturday night.
Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro is another guy heading to Salt Lake City for the weekend, and he is +700 to win the competition. Herro is the ninth Heat player to represent his franchise in the competition, with the most recent being Duncan Robinson in 2020. He has a 36.9% average from the three-point range this season, and that sees him as one of the outsiders to win the competition.
The last – but by no means least – name on the roster is that of Julius Randle. The New York Knicks man accepted a late invite to the party to replace the injured Anfernee Simons, as mentioned in our introduction.
Randle is also taking part in the All-Star game, in what will be his second appearance in three years. Although Randle is having a great year in general, he is shooting at 33.8% from three-points range, which is why he is the outsider with the best NBA betting sites at +750.
Nice open markets like this one are what we like. Okay, Damian Lillard is short at +300, but we’re giving him a steer. The problem with some of these guys is they are star names, as opposed to having a good triple scoring percentage, and Lillard fits that description.
Going for the longer priced options gives us the chance to pick two shooters and improves our chances of winning. The first pick we’re going for is Buddy Hield. Regarded by many as the best 3-point scorer in the NBA, Hield is our first pick at +400.
For our second selection, we are tempted by Jayson Tatum, as he will be on a high after his successful return from injury for the Celtics. But we’re instead going for The Finnisher, Lauri Markkanen.
Markkanen is having an exceptional season, shooting at over 40% from outside the arc, and we think at +650, Markkanenhe is a good value second pick.