NBA Picks for All-Star Three-Point Shooting Contest: Enticing Options for Backing MVP-Caliber Players at Long Odds

Steven Suarez

Friday, February 13, 2015 7:59 PM GMT

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 7:59 PM GMT

The 3-point shooting contest is always a good time, especially when you can find an edge in the betting odds and make money because of it. Which shooters do we like most this weekend?

There are three top dogs in the competition this season. Here's a rundown of all of the competitors for the 2015 edition of the All-Star three-point shooting contest.

 

Kyle Korver/Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson
What a trio this is.
We'll start with Korver, who is the top overall favorite on the NBA odds board. Sportsbooks have him at right around +275 to win the competition, which puts him just ahead of the Splash Brothers. Korver is in the midst of one of the best shooting seasons of all-time, so we can see why he's been given a great chance to take this thing home. He should be a force.

But, we've all seen what Curry and Thompson are capable of when they get hot. They've been the driving forces to Golden State's amazing start -- they currently have the NBA's best overall record -- and they've both put up some downright scary shooting perfomances numerous occassions this season. Curry (+325) is slightly ahead of Thompson (+400) right now.

These three are in a class of their own, but anything can happen in this competition, so here are the other participants. Who do we expect to make a splash this weekend?

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J.J. Redick (+650)
Redick doesn't offer all that much other than shooting, so this event is right up his alley. He's got a great stroke and is shooting 43.6 percent from three so far this season.

The one concern here is health, as Redick has been dealing with back spasms. He's been able to play for the Clippers here recently and so he's apparently good to participate. As long as the back holds up, Redick should be able to hold his own in the competition, and thus offers reasonably decent value at first glance

 

Kyrie Irving/Marco Belinelli (+700)
Both Irving and Belinelli are listed at the same number to win the competition, two very different kinds of players.

Irving has enjoyed another fine season for the Cavaliers and appears to be building chemistry by the day with new teammates LeBron James and Kevin Love. Once he gets going, Irving can really take over games with his shooting ability, so we wouldn't count him out. Irving also seems to relish the moment, another thing clearly in his favor here. He loves the spotlight.

As for Belinelli, he's the defending champion, so he should be consideratino too. Belinelli hasn't been playing much for the Spurs this season, but he's got a great stroke himself and could easily defend his crown here.

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James Harden (+800)
Well, Harden's the hottest player in the NBA right now, so he's got that going for himself. No one is playing as well as Harden is right now, as he's been carrying the Rockets on his back without Dwight Harden in the lineup.

Harden isn't the most efficient three-point shooter - he's hitting 38.3 percent from beyond the arc this season - but he has no qualms about chucking up shots and can heat up in a hurry, just like the rest of these guys. Getting to back a MVP-caliber player at this sort of price is certainly enticing.


Wesley Matthews (+850)
Last but not least, we've got Matthews, who's had a steady season for the Trail Blazers. Matthews is shooting 39.9 percent from three on the year.

You can see why the Portland shooting guard is considered the biggest underdog in the competition, however. Matthews isn't the sexiest of NBA pick options out there and has incredibly stiff competition to deal with. However, we've seen surprises in this event before, and this year may not be any different. For that reason alone, Matthews should be in your mind.

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