The contestants for this year’s contest have been announced including defending champion Daequan Cook.
All-Star game odds are not likely to favor Cook even though he did win the title last year. Bigger names like Boston’s Paul Pierce or Denver’s Chauncey Billups will get more All-Star game betting attention. The other contestants are Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Phoenix’s Channing Frye and New York’s Danilo Gallinari.
The Three-Point Shootout began in 1986 in Dallas and now it returns to the city. More than 90,000 fans are expected for the All-Star game at Cowboys Stadium but not as many will be watching the Three-Point Shootout on Saturday at American Airlines Center.
As you look at handicapping All-Star game odds for the Three-Point Shootout, you probably won’t want to consider the defending champ since Cook is shooting just 30% from three-point range this season. The favorite in All-Star game betting could end up being Curry who was a sharpshooter in college and has continued that strong outside shooting with Golden State. It is unlikely that Pierce or Billups will win in All-Star game odds since they are not known for their three-point shooting even though Pierce is doing well this season. Channing Frye is a forward so it seems unlikely he would be a winner in this contest although he sure can get hot. Gallinari is the unknown and as last year proved, anything can happen in All-Star game odds with this contest. If someone like Cook can win then Gallinari sure could pull an upset in All-Star game betting.
The top three-point shooter in the contest this season is Pierce who is third in the league in 3-point shooting stats. Frye and Curry are also in the Top 10 in the league. Pierce has been dealing with an injury so it just seems unlikely he will win in All-Star game odds even with those stats. Six times in All-Star Game odds there has been a repeat winner in this contest but Cook doesn’t seem like he can do it.
The first-ever Three-Point Shootout at Dallas was won by Hall of Famer Larry Bird who ended up winning the contest three times in his great career.