NBA Three-Point Contest 2023 Odds, Predictions & Picks: Will Hield bury the Field in Utah on Saturday Night?
All-Star Weekend is here in the NBA as the festivities kick-off on Saturday with the Skills competition, the Dunk contest and the 3 Point Contest before the actual game on Sunday.
The Stars will be out all weekend long in Salt Lake City and the events will surely be full of fun and plenty of action to bet on!
The 3 Point Contest is one of my favorite competitions and this year, the contestants all have a legitimate chance to be crowned the Best Sharp Shooter in the league.
Below, I will break down:
- Odds and Betting Categories
- Winner Prediction and Best Bet
- Best Valued Underdog
Let’s make it rain from deep!
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Where and When to Watch
- What: Starry 3-Point Contest
- When: Saturday, February. 18th, 8:00 ET
- Where: Vivint Arena
- TV: TNT
So here are your 2023 NBA 3 Point Contest Contestants!
- Buddy Hield
- Damian Lillard
- Jayson Tatum
- Kevin Huerter
- Lauri Markkanen
- Tyrese Haliburton
- Tyler Herro
- Julius Randle
Here are the different categories you can bet on the 3 point contest, available at FanDuel.
- Buddy Hield +420
- Damian Lillard +470
- Jayson Tatum +550
- Kevin Huerter +550
- Lauri Markkanen +650
- Tyrese Haliburton +650
- Tyler Herro +800
- Julius Randle +950
- Buddy Hield (-125)
- Damian Lillard (-105)
- Jayson Tatum (+130)
- Kevin Huerter (+130)
- Lauri Markkanen (+150)
- Tyrese Haliburton (+170)
- Tyler Herro (+185)
- Julius Randle (+220)
- Over 23.5 (-122)
- Under 23.5 (-108)
- Over 22.5 (-130)
- under 22.5 (-102)
- Over 20.5 (+102)
- Under 20.5 (-136)
- Over 21.5 (+100)
- Under 21.5 (-132)
- Over 19.5 (-114)
- Under 19.5 (-114)
- Over 19.5 (-114)
- Under 19.5 (-114)
- Over 17.5 (-114)
- Under 17.5 (-114)
- Over 16.5 (-114)
- Under 16.5 (-114)
- Buddy Hield (-240)
- Damian Lillard (-250)
- Tyler Herro (-210)
- Kevin Huerter (-200)
- Lauri Markkanen (-210)
- Tyrese Haliburton (-185)
Prediction and Best Bet
As I said above, any of these Shooters really do have a legitimate chance to challenge for the crown.
Last year, Timberwolves Center Karl Anthony-Towns became the first Center EVER to win the 3 point contest, highlighting the versatility of big men in today’s NBA.
There are 2 Big Men in the competition this year, with PF Julius Randle and 7 footer Lauri Markkanen trying to follow in KAT’s large footsteps.
I think both men have a legit chance to do so (More on that in a bit ;)) but for me, the value lies with one of the best sharp shooters this season, the favorite Buddy Hield.
Hield has been absolutely sensational all season from behind the arc. He has the most 3 pointers in the NBA this season, the only player in the 200’s, with 230.
His 3 point percentage is also the 2nd highest in the league at 42.6% only 0.1% behind Steph.
Give me Hield to make a Splash on the big stage. Placing a small bet on Hield to win at +420 makes sense for a bit of fun, but the value lies with Hield to make the final.
3 of the 8 shooters will qualify for the final round and given Hield’s shooting ability, this is a no brainer.
Buddy Hield to qualify for the Final (-125)
For the value, this is my favorite pick of the competition.
As I said earlier, last season we saw KAT become one of the tallest players to win the 3 point contest and the First EVER Center. The only 7 footer to win the 3 point contest was Dirk Nowitzki in 2006.
Well, what if I told you a Big Men could win 2 years in a row and he is a 7 footer??
The FINNISHER, Lauri Markkanen.
One of my favorite players to watch this season has been Lauri, for many reasons. But mostly because of his shooting stroke from deep.
Markkanen made 164 3 pointers so far this season and has shot an awesome 41.2% from deep, good for 3rd best in the league.
When the big man gets hot from behind the arc, he can stroke it and this competition is about getting in rhythm and knocking them down.
One last nugget…the All-Star festivities are taking place in Salt Lake City, Utah at Vivint Arena.
And it just so happens that Lauri Markkanen plays for… the Utah Jazz 😉
For the value of +650 to win, I love Markkanen for a little sprinkle to win outright in his home gym!
But my favorite play on the Finnisher is for him to qualify for the finals for nice plus money value.
Best Underdog Bet
Lauri Markkanen to Advance to the Final Round (+150)
Ok that’s it! Enjoy the NBA All-Star Weekend!
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