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Steph Curry Favored to Win 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend 3-Point Contest

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Steph Curry is the betting favorite to win the 3-Point Contest during NBA All-Star Weekend. Photo by Keith Allison (flickr) [CC License].
  • Steph Curry is aiming for his second 3-Point Contest crown
  • Can hometown hero Kemba Walker shoot to victory?
  • We’ve found the best value bet out of this year’s deep field

Save for an Aaron Gordon or Zach LaVine slam dunk contest here or there, the 3-Point Contest has in many ways become the event at NBA All-Star Weekend.

It’s where ball truly don’t lie. Each contestant gets a minute to run around the key jacking triples, with the highest scores advancing each round.

You would think that the greatest shooter to ever live has this in the bag, but don’t be anointing Steph Curry champion just yet.

2019 NBA 3-Point Contest Odds

Who Will Win the 2019 3-Point Challenge? Odds at Bovada (02/07/19) Odds at BetOnline (02/07/19)
Steph Curry +275 +225
Buddy Hield +325 +450
Devon Booker +450 +450
Seth Curry +550 +600
Joe Harris +600 +700
Damian Lillard +750 +700
Danny Green +800 +1000
Khris Middleton +1000 +1000
Kemba Walker +1000 +1200
Dirk Nowitzki +1500 +1600

Steph Has Had His Struggles

Everyone knows Steph Curry’s range is when he sets a foot in the gym, but he’s struggled to find his range in this contest, winning just once in his previous five tries. It was a beauty, however, as he blew away the field in New York in 2015.

This season, he’s been pretty dynamic, including a stretch where he set an NBA record for hitting at least eight threes in three straight games. He’s currently second in the league in makes, trailing James Harden by 36 – though he’s played nine less games and attempted 196 less shots, while shooting it a 45.2%, good for fifth overall.

Little Brother, Defending Champion Can Challenge

Enter Seth Curry, Steph’s younger bro, who’s carved himself a nice little role with the Trail Blazers as a microwave reserve, ready to heat up in an instant. While he’s only taken 136 threes on the season, Seth is hitting at a league-best 48.5% clip.

Meanwhile, in another lost season for the hapless Phoenix Suns, Devin Booker will try to accomplish a repeat in the event, one that hasn’t been done since Peja Stojakovic of the Kings did it at the turn of the century.

Speaking of Kings, Buddy Hield has blossomed into a bona fide sniper in SacTo, fourth in the league in makes while shooting a blistering 45.5% from beyond the arc, third best in basketball.

Let’s Get Sentimental – And Value

If you’re looking for legit long shots, two feel-good storylines also offer the best value bets of the bunch. Dirk Nowitzki’s (+1500) final season has been really a chance to cede the reins of the franchise to Luka Doncic, but this could be his chance to go out in a blaze of money balls.

On the +1000 tip is Kemba Walker, who might not know how to react with this many wide open looks: he’s trails just Harden and Steph for threes made with opponents within 2-4 feet of him (defined as “tight” defense). And the hometown fans should give him some extra juice.

What’s the Best Bet?

If this were a real game, I’d take Steph vs the field anytime. On this stage? The guy loves to have fun, provide entertainment and turn that competitive juice down.

So, if you’re ever going to beat your big brother, this is the stage for Seth Curry to do it. I like the idea of a stiff-bodied Dirk trotting out there and laying waste to the field as my long shot, and laid-back Buddy Hield to work his way to the final, and possibly win.

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