Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine looks to make history when he takes part in the 2020 NBA 3-Point Contest at United Center in Chicago in the second event on All-Star Saturday. Start time is approximately 9 p.m. ET. LaVine, who already has demolished his career high in made 3-pointers this season, is hoping to become the first player to win both this contest and the dunk contest after capturing the crown in the latter event in both 2015 and 2016.
The 24-year-old is a +1200 long shot, however, while reigning champion Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets is the favorite at +350 in the 2020 NBA 3-Point Contest odds. Before locking in any 2020 3-Point Contest picks, be sure to see the NBA All-Star Saturday predictions from SportsLine NBA guru Mike Barner.
Barner is a respected NBA Fantasy expert, both season-long and DFS, whose work has appeared in Sports Illustrated and on Yahoo, RotoWire and KFFL. He has also been featured on ESPN Radio. He digs deep into the data, examining team trends and projecting game outcomes, while watching as many games as possible to gain an edge.
With his unmatched analysis, Barner spots opportunities against the spread as well as on totals. Barner's expertise has been on full display lately. He is on a 78-47 run in against-the-spread NBA picks, returning over $2,600 to $100 players. Now he has zeroed in on Saturday's NBA 3-Point Contest. He's only revealing his pick here.
2020 NBA 3-Point Contest predictions
One of the eight participants Barner is fading is Harris. While there have been six players to record back-to-back wins since the event was introduced in 1986, no one has accomplished the feat since Jason Kapono in 2007 and 2008. Harris has gone 6-for-12 from beyond the arc in his last two games but was just 14-for-37 over his previous seven contests, converting fewer than three attempts in six of those outings.
The 28-year-old swingman will need to come up with a huge performance on Saturday if he hopes to repeat. His average of 2.4 made 3-pointers this season is less than six of the other seven participants in the event and his 40.8 percent conversion rate is well below those of fellow competitors Duncan Robinson (43.8) and Davis Bertans (42.4).
How to make 2020 NBA 3-Point Contest picks
Barner has identified a key X-factor that makes one player a must-back on Saturday. This player has been hot from long-range all season and been a key star for his own team. You can only see who to back at SportsLine.
Who wins the NBA 3-Point Contest 2020? And what X-factor separates one player from the pack? Visit SportsLine now to get Mike Barner's pick for the NBA 3-Point Contest, all from the expert on an impressive 78-47 run on NBA picks, and find out.