2016’s 3-Point Contest – Prediction, Betting Odds and Participants
We have been witnessing the Golden State Warriors star still defend the title of player, Stephen Curry. This is a year after he won his first ever NBA Three-Point Contest. Curry has been prized by many and is seen as the best shooter in league history and most are hoping is is victorious on NBA All-Star Weekend 2016 in Toronto.
Marching his way into the All-Star break being the MVP favorite, we can see how Curry has even betting odds to win the title for a second straight season. The man has set a record with 245 made three-pointers before the All-Star Game wherein he shot 45.4 percent from three-point range. As of today Curry leads the NBA with 10.8 attempts per game which he made from behind the arc.
Curry won for himself the 2015 Three-Point Shootout. This he managed by having the best final round in the contest’s history. We witnessed Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving also making it beyond the first round, but of course they did not stand a chance in when compared to Curry and his record-setting 27 points. He was able to do the same by taking advantage of the money ball rack, which was added to the contest of last years.
The biggest threat to Curry currently is J.J. Redick with +350 odds. Redick is the Los Angeles Clippers guard and has had the best season of his career so far, which averages 16.4 points on 47.6 percent shooting from three-point range.
Then there is Thompson who has the opportunity to knock off his teammate with +450 odds. Thompson is shooting right at his career average and he is doing so by making 42 percent of his three-point attempts. Only that Curry has made more threes this season which is not the easiest to beat.
The third, worthy of mention is James Harden in the NBA who has 155 three-pointers in his account. He was last year’s runner-up for MVP and is averaging a career-high 28 points for every game, though unfortunately his 35.5 three-point percentage is the worst of any player in Saturday’s contest.
Kyle Lowry (+1000), Khris Middleton (+1800) and Devin Booker (+800), all three are standing in the contest and all of them are first timers. Among the boys, Lowry stands second in Eastern Conference players and has 145 three-pointers to his name. He is shooting a career-best 39.2 percent from behind the arc. The other two boys stand slightly above 40 percent.
Chris Bosh is not the man you would have been expecting in the eight-man field, and the same can be seen in his betting odds. Bosh is also easily the biggest longshot with +4000 odds. We did not see Bosh making more than 10 three-pointers during any of his first nine NBA seasons, but the Miami Heat Big man has already set an impressive personal record which is 81 shots made from behind the arc.