Warriors Star Steph Curry Bovada Favorite For 3-Point Contest
Has the 3-Point Contest become more popular than the Dunk Contest at NBA All-Star Weekend? I would argue yes because the 3-Point Contest has some big-name players in it most years while stars are staying away from the Dunk Contest. Both were be Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The actual All-Star Game is Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
Dunk Contest Now A Bore
For example, this year in the Dunk Contest you have Minnesota rookie Zach LaVine (the -120 favorite), Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo (+225), Orlando’s Victor Oladipo (+300) and Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee (+850). Not exactly a star-laden group. Meanwhile, the 3-Point Contest has All-Star players like Golden State’s Steph Curry, the betting favorite at Bovada, his teammate Klay Thompson, Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, last season’s All-Star Game MVP, and Houston’s James Harden, the NBA’s leading scorer.
Here’s a look at each player in the field and their odds. The format is two rounds. Two rounds. Each player has one minute to shoot five racks of five balls from five different locations around the three-point arc. Four racks contain four orange balls worth one point each and one multicolored “money” ball worth two points. The fifth rack, which the shooter can place at the location of his choice, has all money balls, worth two points each. The maximum possible score is 34. The top three scorers from the first round advance to the final round.
Of Course Curry Is the Favorite
Curry, Warriors (13/4): Is the co-leader in 3-pointers made this season with 161. Curry became the fastest player to hit 1,000 3-point field goals in NBA history when, on Jan. 8, he accomplished the feat in his 369th game. He also hit 10 3-pointers in a season-high 51-point performance against the Dallas Mavericks on Feb. 4, becoming the second player in league history (along with J.R. Smith) to have multiple games of at least 10 makes from long range.
Kyle Korver, Hawks (15/4): He leads NBA in 3-point percentage (52.3) and is tied for lead with 161 makes. Korver is on track to become the first player among qualifiers ever to shoot at least 50 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and 90 percent from the free-throw line.
Thompson, Warriors (4/1): He’s shooting 44 percent on threes, fourth in league with 155 makes. Thompson, a first-time All-Star, set an NBA record for most points in a quarter on Jan. 23 against the Sacramento Kings, piling up 37 in the third period of a career-high 52-point barrage that included 11 treys and a league-record nine in one quarter.
Irving, Cavaliers (6/1): 2013 champion, shooting 41.5 percent on 3-pointers. Irving sank a Cavs-record 11 three-pointers during a career-high 55-point outburst against Portland on Jan. 28.
Wesley Matthews, Blazers (7/1): Tied for league lead with 161 makes. He looks to become the first Blazers player to win the contest.
Marco Belinelli, Spurs (7/1): Will defend the crown he won by defeating Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal in New Orleans in 2014.
Harden, Rockets (8/1): Fifth in league with 140 makes. The league’s leading scorer (27.4 ppg) and the Western Conference Player of the Month for both December and January. Shooting 38.3 percent from long range.
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