Golden State Warrior teammates Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry battled in last year’s Three-Point Contest with Thompson pulling out the victory, but he doesn’t have to worry about Curry this time around. Thompson will try to defend his title this Saturday night in New Orleans as the clear odds on favorite.
With Curry skipping the event this weekend Thompson is set as the +110 favorite on the betting lines. Last year Thompson pulled out the victory by outscoring Curry 27-23 in the final, after edging him 22-21 in the first round. Curry won the Three-Point Contest back in 2015.
On the season Thompson is shooting 41.8% from long range, and is third behind Curry and the Houston Rockets’ Eric Gordon at 3.3 three-point field goals made per game. Gordon, who is at 3.5 three-point field goals made per game and is shooting 38.7% from that range, is also in the field for Saturday night and has been set at +900 odds.
Thompson’s top competitor in this year’s competition will be Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving at odds of +400. Irving, who won this event back in 2013, is hitting 2.4 three-point field goals per game, and is shooting 38.9% from that range on the season. Irving wasn’t in the field for the contest last season but when he last participated back in 2015 he was the runner-up to Curry, losing 27-17 in the final.
Next in line is C.J. McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers at +800 on the Three-Point Contest odds for Saturday night, with Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors at +900. Lowry was in the field for the event on his home court in Toronto last year, but didn’t make it out of the first round after scoring 15. McCollum was also in the field last year, finishing behind Lowry with a score of 14.
Lowry is tied with Thompson at 3.3 three-point field goals made per game on the season, and is also shooting 41.8% from that range. McCollum is at 2.5 and 41.1% this year.
Rounding out the odds to win the Three-Point Contest are Nick Young of the Los Angeles Lakers at +900, Wes Matthews of the Dallas Mavericks at +1100, and Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets also at +1100. Young is shooting 41.7% from three-point range this season, with Matthews at 38.8%, and Walker at 39.0%.
The Three-Point Contest is the second event on Saturday, following the Skills Challenge and followed by the Slam Dunk Contest. The NBA All-Star Game will tip off at 8pm ET on Sunday.
Odds as of February 16th, 2017