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NBA All-Star Weekend: Three-Point Shootout Preview

NBA All-Star Weekend: Three-Point Shootout Preview
NBA All-Star Weekend: Three-Point Shootout Preview
Zach Weiss - Tipico
Published: 2022-02-17

It’s that time of the year again. It’s the middle of February. The NBA’s trade deadline has come and gone. And now, All-Star Weekend is about to be upon us. It is a one-week reset for those not participating in any of the events or festivities. And for those that are there, it’s an opportunity for those stars to talk amongst each other. A chance for the game’s brightest young players to show the league what they’ve got. Among the events, we’ve got the three-point shootout. Let’s take a look at the eight competitors, and their odds.

Patty Mills +450

The player with the best chance of winning the three-point shootout is Patty Mills of the Brooklyn Nets. He has found new life in NYC after spending the previous decade with the San Antonio Spurs.

He has already knocked in a career-high of 181 triples during the 2021-22 season and has been a shining star in the big apple. Shooting at a 41% clip this year, he has been nothing short of astounding. He’ll certainly have a chance.

Trae Young +480

After his three-point production fell off last year, Trae Young is back to doing his thing. He’s making 3.0 threes per game, the second-best average of his career. Shooting 36% from deep, he’ll join VanVleet in the All-Star Game on Sunday.

Despite decent odds, Trae’s hit-or-miss shooting make him a wild card for the event. Anything can happen, though.

Luke Kennard +480

Playing a full-time rotational role with the banged-up Clippers this year, Luke Kennard has thrived. He has averaged 12 points per game and is shooting better than 43% from behind the arc. He has already knocked in a career-high of 129 long balls.

Kennard has made some incredibly clutch baskets for L.A. this year, and he is the name to watch in this event. It would not be surprising to see him make a little history with the highest single-round score.

Fred VanVleet +480

Tied with Young & Kennard is Fred VanVleet, who has been exceptional for the Raptors this year. Not only will he partake in this event, but he also became the fourth undrafted player to play in NBA All-Star Game.

He has already made 201 long balls this year, the most he has ever had in a single season. Also shooting over 40% from deep for the first time in four seasons, FVV hopes to take this home and make Toronto proud.

Desmond Bane +550

Taken with the final pick of the first round in the 2020 NBA Draft, Desmond Bane has made an instant impact during his 1.5 years in Memphis. He’s averaged 18 points and five rebounds in his second year, while making 42% of his attempts from beyond the arc.

Bane will be in the Rising Stars game as well and looks to be a promising part of Memphis’ future. If he can get hot at the right time, he will have a great chance to win this event.

Zach LaVine +600

He has been banged up a bit in recent weeks, but Zach LaVine has been showing out for the Bulls this year. He’s no longer the de facto number one option, but he was still good enough to qualify for another All-Star Game.

This is not his first merry-go-round in the three-point shootout, so he knows the drill. Shooting 40% from distance this year, he can get hot at any time. An intriguing underdog selection.

CJ McCollum +900

It will be great to see CJ McCollum at All Star Weekend after he had suffered a collapsed lung earlier in the season. He had to sit for over a month before returning to Portland. But he returned and got right back to form. He was surprisingly traded to the Pelicans ahead of the February 10th trade deadline.

He is shooting 38% from downtown but has not made more than five in a game on the year. He is the only guy competing who hasn’t had a dominant performance from distance during the 2021-22 season. He appears to be a good value bet, but it will be tough for him to win.

Karl-Anthony Towns +1000

A center in the three-point shootout? Why not. Karl-Anthony Towns has been an electric shooter for a long time and can be argued as the best big-man jump shooter in the game’s history. Dirk Nowitzki would probably like a word, but the debate can be had.

KAT has only made 110 threes this year (2.1 per game), making him the player with the fewest makes by a wide margin. He is shooting 41% from downtown and is a career 40% three-point shooter. If he can start and finish strong, perhaps he can show the seven guards he is competing against that big men can do it too.

NBA All-Star Weekend: Three-Point Shootout Preview
NBA All-Star Weekend: Three-Point Shootout Preview
by Danny Scaramella - Tipico

BETFTW! On Site Divisional Round

NBA All-Star Weekend: Three-Point Shootout Preview

Lorenzo's Locks: Divisional Round Games

The Green Bay Packers are coming off their first round bye and are the healthiest they have been all season long. Aaron Rodgers is surgical at home, especially when coming off a bye. Now although the 49ers have been red-hot in recent play, their two best defenders, Bosa and Warner, were injured vs the Cowboys and may be slowed down against Green Bay. The Packers also went 7-1 against the spread this season at home. Lorenzo is locking in the Packers and the spread. Onto the AFC, Lorenzo likes the Buffalo Bills in an upset. Buffalo played their most complete game of the entire season last week against New England. The Bills have been clicking on all cylinders and are 4-1 against the spread over their last five. Their offense is comparable with Kansas City's and Buffalo has the edge on defense. The Chiefs have been unreliable at home, while the Bills excel on the road as underdogs. Lorenzo is locking int the Bills to win and to cover the spread. The Los Angeles Rams vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers has everything in the making for an offensive showdown. Tom Brady knows how to pick apart defenses and with the Rams electric offense, Lorenzo sees this game as a shootout. In week 3, the Rams beat the Bucs and 58 points were scored. Although Lorenzo likes the Bucs in this matchup, he is locking in the OVER in total points scored.
NBA All-Star Weekend: Three-Point Shootout Preview

BETFTW! On Site Wild Card Weekend

The AFC Wild Card game on Saturday, January 8th features the New England Patriots traveling to Buffalo to take on the Bills. We all remember what happened the last time these two faced off in Buffalo. New England has cooled down after their mid-season hot streak, winning only one of their last four, including a Week 18 loss to the Miami Dolphins. This season, New Englands holds a better record against the spread than the Buffalo Bills. Bills beat reporter Sal Maiorana highlights the rubber match and game three between these two teams this weekend. Weather will continue to be a factor in their matchups. This has the chance to be one of the coldest games in Bills and Patriots history, and even close to league history. Wind chills are expected to be 10 to 15 degrees below zero. So who will this favor? The Patriots took advantage of the wind in their first matchup against Buffalo and pulled off the win. Then Buffalo's offense took control and came out with a win in Foxboro. If the wind is manageable, Maiorana expects a great game for Josh Allen. Josh Allen is the X-factor. The last time these two teams faced, Allen lit up the Patriots for three touchdowns and over 300 yards. If the Bills can contain the running game and make Mac Jones be a true quarterback, Maiorana thinks Buffalo can handle their business and move on to the divisional round.
By Danny Scaramella - Tipico
NBA All-Star Weekend: Three-Point Shootout Preview

Lorenzo's Locks: Wild Card Weekend

The Playoffs are here and Lorenzo isn't taking any chances against Tom Brady. The Bucs continue to have one of the top scoring offenses in the NFL, with Tom Brady locked in. The Eagles have also been hot as of late, closing out the season winning six of their final eight games, but the competition they played was incredibly weak. Some of their wins came against the Jets, Giants, and two against Washington. The Eagles secondary is also weak and Tom Brady will look to expose their defense. Since Brady joined Tampa Bay, the Bucs are 9-5 against the spread at home. Lorenzo likes the Bucs winning and covering the spread. The hottest team in the NFC down the stretch, may have been the 49ers. In their final 11 games, San Francisco went post an 8-3 record in wins and against the spread. Although Dallas likes to establish the run early, the 49ers are built to stop the run. Their pass-rush generated 24 sacks in the last six games of the season and will look to pressure Dak Prescott early. If the 49ers can avoid turnovers, Lorenzo sees them covering the spread and upsetting the Cowboys in Dallas. Finally, a divisional matchup to play each other for the third time this season. The Rams face the Cardinals with two electric offenses taking the field. The Rams have showed inconsistencies with their superstar lineup and haven't lived up to their expectations. The Cardinals are great on the road as underdogs and Lorenzo sees this game coming down to the wire and decided by less than a field goal. He predicts the Rams to win, but the Cardinals to cover.
By Danny Scaramella - Tipico