Some of the best shooters in the world will be out there competing in the NBA's 3-Point Contest this weekend. And with DRF Sportsbook offering such a wide range of plays on the event, we're here to narrow down some of our favorite plays.
1. Player to make a shot from the MTN DEW Zone in any round
Every player in the field for this contest is listed at minus odds to make a shot from the MTN DEW Zone except for Karl-Anthony Towns. That is just wildly disrespectful to the Minnesota superstar. Towns isn't just an elite shooter for a big man, he's an elite shooter when compared to anyone. The 26-year-old is shooting 40.9% from deep this season, and he's doing so on 5.2 attempts per game. He has proven time and time again that he can shoot with the best of them, and the longer distance shouldn't throw him off too much. With Towns being bigger than his competitors in this contest, it also means he's stronger. That means that shooting from long range shouldn't be too big of a problem. Overall, it's worth sprinkling a little on him to come up with one bomb here.
THE PICK: YES - Karl-Anthony Towns (+220)
2. Highest score in the final round of the 3-Point Contest
There should be some pretty high scores throughout the course of this contest, as there are some real snipers in this year's field. It is, however, hard to back somebody scoring 28 or more in the final round of the event. While it is certainly easier to put up huge numbers with the rule changes of the past couple of years, the finals always come with more nerves and pressure for these shooters. With that in mind, it's best to just roll with the Under and not be tight hoping that one of these guys has an out-of-body experience in crunch time — even if that might be a bit more fun than hoping for misses.
THE PICK: Under 27.5 (-121)
3. Winner of the 3-Point Contest
During the pre-draft process a few years ago, Desmond Bane impressed teams by hitting 21 consecutive movement threes in a shooting drill and there was noise that the number was actually on the lower end of what he is capable of — there's video of him hitting 43 in a row from the top of the key. Bane is shooting 41.9% from three this season, and he's doing so on 6.9 attempts per game. Bane is also shooting 51.9% on unguarded catch-and-shoot attempts this season, showing you just how good he is when left alone in a stand-still situation. Overall, this is just the type of shooting that Bane loves to do, and he should be more comfortable than anyone this year. Bane also has a massive chip on his shoulder every time he gets the chance to compete, which we have seen often this season. That type of fiery attitude is what you want when betting on something like this.
THE PICK: Desmond Bane To Win (+500)