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NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest Odds, Best Bet & Top Long Shot

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NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest Odds, Best Bet & Top Long Shot

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The league’s collective 3-point average has taken a small jump up to an even 36% this year with teams actually taking fewer triples this season (34.1) than they did a year ago (35.2, an all-time high).

But there will be no shortage of 3-point attempts on Saturday night in Salt Lake City for the 2023 Starry 3-Point Contest making for some great NBA betting. It’s taken center stage in front of the Dunk Contest in recent years, and this season’s crop of talent is nothing short of elite.

Heading into Thursday’s action, the eight players combined to shoot 1,345 of 3,516 (38.2%) from beyond the arc. It’s headlined by MVP-caliber stars, future Hall of Famers, rising stars, a hometown hero, and a former 3-Point Contest winner.

Here’s a look at the NBA odds for this year’s contest as well as our NBA picks to take home the title.

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2023 NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest Odds

Buddy Hield +420 ➜
Damian Lillard +470 ➜
Jayson Tatum +550 ➜
Kevin Huerter +600 ➜
Lauri Markkanen +650 ➜
Tyrese Haliburton +650 ➜
Tyler Herro +800 ➜
Julius Randle +950 ➜

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NBA All Star 3-Point Contest Betting Tips

Buddy Hield is the favorite on betting apps—and for good reason. He leads all players with 230 made triples and is shooting 42.6% from deep (Steph Curry is shooting 42.7%, for reference).

Damian Lillard has competed in the 3-Point Contest twice and come up short both times, but he’s averaging a career-best in 3-pointers in his 11th NBA season. We know what he can do when the spotlight is on him.

Jayson Tatum could win an MVP or NBA title this season, but he can start his trophy tour with a 3-Point Contest win. Tatum is the top scorer in this group and has done so in part by converting 183 triples (two behind Steph Curry, for more reference).

Kevin Huerter has been a shot in the arm for the Kings’ up-tempo, high-efficiency offense. In his first season with the Kings, Huerter is averaging career-bests in 3-point makes, 3-point attempts, and 3-point field goal percentage.

Lauri Markkanen went from no All-Star appearances to starting in one thanks to his incredible first half of the season. The hometown kid will have a slight advantage shooting in Salt Lake City (he’s shooting nearly 45% from deep at home vs. just 38% on the road).

Tyrese Haliburton should be the favorite on betting sites for Most Improved Player, but he hasn’t needed to improve on his 3-point shooting. He’s a career 41% shooter from downtown and has actually “struggled” this year with a 39.9% average from deep in Indiana.

Tyler Herro always has a flair for the dramatic and can get as hot as any player in the league from deep. Julius Randle was a late addition for the injured Anfernee Simons. He’s shooting less than 34% from deep but maybe he’ll flourish in this kind of setting? We’ll find out.

2023 NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest Best Bet

It’s Dame Time. He participated in this contest in 2014 and 2019 and came up short, but 2023 feels different for a number of reasons. Lillard is averaging a career-high in 3-point attempts (11.2) and has upped his percentage considerably from a year ago.

If you believe in momentum, Lillard has plenty of it: Over his last 18 games, Lillard is averaging 4.6 triples on 39% shooting. It also helps that there’s no prohibitive favorite here (looking at you, Steph Curry).

Past champ Buddy Hield is in the group, but we think Lillard will take advantage of the deep balls and eventually be crowned champion for the first time in his career. We are backing Lillard at +470 with FanDuel.

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2023 NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest Long Shot

Karl-Anthony Towns proved in 2022 that a slow release isn’t a death sentence in this contest. Heck, he also proved that bigs can win it.

Utah’s Lauri Markkanen checks both of those boxes—and he may have a slight advantage shooting in his home gym. Markkanen is averaging career-highs across the board, and that includes 3-point field goal percentage (41.2%), 3-point makes (3.0), and 3-point attempts (7.4).

Volume and efficiency both up? That’s someone we can get behind. There’s real value for him at +650 with FanDuel, the fourth lowest odds of anyone in this group.

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About the Author

Mark Strotman for Bookies.com
Mark Strotman
Mark is a veteran sports betting journalist who has covered the Bulls and the NBA since 2012. His work has appeared on ESPN.com, FoxSports.com, The Chicago Tribune and Yahoo Sports. He regularly provides NBA betting picks, as well as in-depth sportsbook reviews and the latest promo codes for all the major sports gambling operators, including Caesars Sportsbook, BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and more.
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