Thompson Leads Three-Point Contest Odds
- Updated: February 16, 2017
Klay Thompson edged Golden State Warriors teammate Stephen Curry for the victory in the NBA’s Three-Point Contest last season. However, Thompson won’t have to worry about Curry in New Orleans on Saturday night when he tries to defend his title as the clear odds 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 percent from beyond the three-point line, 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 percent from that range, is also in the field for Saturday night and has been set at +900 odds.
But it is Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers who has been pegged as Thompson’s top competition for the Three-Point Contest, at odds of +400. Irving, who won this event back in 2013, is at 2.4 three-point field goals made per game, and is shooting 38.9 percent 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 that year.
McCollum, Lowry Follow Leaders on the Odds
C.J. McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers is 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 joins Thompson at 3.3 three-point field goals made per game on the season, and is also shooting 41.8 percent from that range. McCollum is at 2.5 and 41.1 percent this season.
Rounding out the odds to win the Three-Point Contest are then 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 percent from three-point range this season, with Matthews at 38.8 percent, and Walker at 39.0 percent.
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 16, 2017